Matadors’ freshman hurler fires complete-game win over Eastern Arizona in just second start of career
Yuma, Arizona – February 25, 2013 -- Arizona Western College is proud to announce that AWC Baseball player Brandon Anderson has been named the ACCAC Division I Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the week ending February 24th. Anderson becomes the first Matador pitcher to earn the honor since Kahana Neal won the award for the second time last April. The announcement comes six days after Anderson got the Matadors’ week off to a good start with a complete-game win in Game 1 of their doubleheader with Eastern Arizona College Tuesday afternoon in Thatcher.
AWC Head Baseball Coach Drew Keehn and his coaching staff knew that they would be considered a young team when they brought back just six sophomores from last year’s Region I Playoff team, but that youth wasn’t more evident on the roster than glancing at the pitching staff. Keehn completely overhauled the staff, choosing not to bring anyone back, and bring in nine freshman pitchers to battle for all spots. When the season opened, there were still a couple of spots in the starting rotation that were not completely set, and that continued until February 12th. That’s when-after showing flashes of brilliance in a couple of relief appearances and then pitching three innings of no-hit ball in a ‘spot’ start, Keehn and pitching coach Jordan McCavitt handed the ball to Anderson for the first game of a non-conference doubleheader at San Diego City College. The native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, responded by picking up his first college win, going 5 innings and allowing just 2 earned runs in a 5-4 victory. Anderson built on that momentum last Tuesday in Thatcher, keeping the Gila Monster hitters off-balance nearly all of his six innings pitched. Anderson allowed more than one EAC hit in just one inning (when they scored their lone run in the 4th), and only allowed four baserunners to get into scoring position all day. Anderson allowed just six hits (and only of those for extra bases), one earned run, and struck out three while not allowing a walk in getting the ‘W’ in the 2-1 victory. The win gives Anderson a 2-0 record, and lowered his earned run average for the season to 2.14, which puts him 2nd among Matador starters in that category. Anderson is also 2nd on the team in strikeouts with 12.
Anderson and the Matadors now embark on a four-game road trip this week-heading to Chandler-Gilbert tomorrow and Coolidge to face defending Region I Champion Central Arizona this Saturday-before returning home a week from tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5th. That’s when they’ll have their first chance at the team that eliminated them from the Region I Playoffs last season, the Yavapai Roughriders, in an ACCAC Baseball doubleheader at Kammann Field. First pitch of the twin bill is scheduled for noon that day, and admission for all regular season Matador Baseball games is free. Kammann Field is located on the southeast corner of the AWC campus at 2020 South Avenue 8E in Yuma.