Bannister named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week - Tucson News Now

Bannister named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week

Tucson, Ariz. – Senior right-handed pitcher Nathan Bannister was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.

Bannister is the first Arizona pitcher to earn the honor since James Farris won it in February, 2013.

The senior from Peoria dominated at Hi Corbett on Friday night, something he’s done all season.

The senior right-hander tossed eight scoreless innings in an 8-0 win over Washington State, scattering just three hits. He walked three and struck out a season-high seven. His innings pitched (eight), strikeouts (seven) and pitches thrown (130) all marked season-highs for the senior.

Bannister’s only danger Friday came in the first inning. Washington State loaded the bases in the top of the first with no outs, but Bannister was able to get a pair of strikeouts and a weak groundout to escape the jam. He cruised from there and led his team to victory.

Bannister is now an incredible 4-0 with a 0.83 ERA at home this season. His win Friday set the tone for the Wildcats winning the home series from the Cougars this weekend.

All total on the season, Bannister is 4-1 with a 3.23 ERA. He leads the team in innings pitched with 55 2/3. Opposing batters are hitting just .213 against him this season. He has 10 appearances on the year with eight starts.

While Bannister is the first Pitcher of the Week honor for the Wildcats, it’s not the first time the league office has recognized a Wildcat this season. Both Bobby Dalbec and Alfonso Rivas have won Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season. Rivas won his after the Tony Gwynn Classic in San Diego and Dalbec nabbed the honor last month after a series with Washington.

USC’s A.J. Ramirez was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week this week.

Bannister and the Wildcats are in action next on Tuesday at Arizona State. First pitch is set for 7 p.m., on Pac-12 Networks. 

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