March 23, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara junior Alex Rivers was named the West Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Week; it was announced Monday by the league. It is the first weekly honor for the right-hander from Lodi, Calif., and is the third Pitcher of the Week accolade for the Broncos this season. Fellow junior Nate Garcia has received the honor twice.
Rivers (2-0) started the second game of a three-game series against the Ivy League's Dartmouth. He helped the Broncos to a 3-0 shutout of the Big Green in game two of the Saturday, March 21 doubleheader. The 5-foot-10 Rivers had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning. He gave up two hits to start off the eighth inning before retiring. Rivers also struck out a career-high 11 batters in the victory.
On the season, Rivers leads the Broncos with a 1.85 ERA and a 2-0 record. In six total appearances, he is second on the team in strike outs (27) and third in innings pitched (24.1).
Santa Clara opens the 2009 WCC season this weekend against Loyola Marymount. The Broncos and Lions begin the three-game series on Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. The series continues with a Saturday game at 6 p.m. and a Sunday finale at 1 p.m.