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Berger Selected Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Week

Senior Jon Berger earned his first MWC Pitcher of the Week award for his effort in last Saturday's win over UNLV.
Senior Jon Berger earned his first MWC Pitcher of the Week award for his effort in last Saturday's win over UNLV.

March 16, 2009

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State senior right-hander Jon Berger has been named the Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance in SDSU's contest against UNLV this past Saturday. It was the first career award for Berger and marked the fourth time this season that an Aztec hurler has captured the league's weekly honor.

Berger went eight innings in a start against the Rebels on Saturday, March 14. He struck out 10 and walked none in the contest, allowing one run in SDSU's 6-1 win over UNLV. The 10 strikeouts were a career high and it marked the third time in his four starts that he gave up no walks.

Berger faced the minimum over the first four innings, allowing only a single in the third that was erased on a caught stealing. He struck out the side in both the fourth and fifth and faced only three batters in six of his eight innings of work. UNLV hit .179 against him on the night.

In addition, for the second consecutive week, Aztec junior right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball magazine, this time for his effort SDSU's contest against UNLV last Friday. It marks the sixth time that Strasburg has received national player of the week mention from Collegiate Baseball the past two seasons.

Strasburg, a San Diego, Calif. (West Hills HS) native, struck out 14 batters in seven innings on the mound in San Diego State's 4-3 win over the Rebels. He allowed a pair of runs on six hits with one walk. He struck out the side in both the first and second innings, and eight of the first nine outs he recorded came via the strikeout.

The win was his fourth of the season and to go along with a 1.98 earned run averages. Through his first four starts of the 2009 campaign, he has struck out 59 batters over 27.1 innings, an average of 19.4 K's per nine innings. His next scheduled appearance is Friday (March 20) against Brigham Young at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

San Diego State continues its current 10-game home stand when it hosts Kansas on Tuesday, March 17, at Tony Gwynn Stadium.