Dittrick, Van Hoon Earn Conference & National Baseball Honors
Rob Dittrick is named NWC Baseball Pitcher Student-Athlete of the Week and Jared Van Hoon is named to the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week for their roles in a series win over Linfield
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FOREST GROVE – Coming off a big weekend that saw Pacific baseball down defending Northwest Conference champion Linfield in two of three games, Rob Dittrick (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii) and Jared Van Hoon (Sr., Lake Oswego, Ore.) are being honored for the roles they played in the series.
Dittrick was selected by conference sports information directors on Tuesday as the Northwest Conference Baseball Pitcher Student-Athlete of the Week. Van Hoon, meanwhile, was selected to the D3Baseball.com's first ever National Team of the Week.
Dittrick, the reigning NWC Pitcher of the Year, gave a super performance on the mound to give Pacific a 7-1 win over the Wildcats in the opening game of the three-game series on Saturday. Throwing his first complete game of the season, Dittrick allowed one run on five hits, walked two and struck out five. He allowed just four batters to the plate in each of the first eight innings of the game. The only run he allowed was a solo home run to Kramer Lindell in the top of the ninth.
“Rob had an outstanding performance,” said Pacific Head Baseball Coach Greg Bradley. “He set the tone for the start of our conferenceseason in the very first game.”
After a rough start in the Boxers' seven-game opening series in Hawaii, Dittrick is returning to the dominant form that he showed in his sophomore campaign. His earned run average dropped by three points over the last two weeks to 3.27, ranking him ninth in the NWC and seventh among hurlers with two or more starts. In 22 innings, Dittrick has allowed 11 runs, eight earned, on 20 hits with a team-leading 14 strikeouts.
Van Hoon proved to be the player of the game in Sunday's wild 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Wildcats. He went 3 for 5 with a run and three runs batted in, which included the game-winning two-win, two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning. He also connected on a RBI single in the sixth inning that started the rally. In addition, Van Hoon earned the win on the mound as he retired the side in the top of the ninth in his first relief appearance of the season. In the three-game series, Van Hoon batted .462 with six hits, three doubles, two runs and two RBI.
“Jared had a great series in the field, on the mound and especially at the plate,” Bradley said. “He had clutch hits to start rallies and the clutch hit to win the third game. He was a difference maker all weekend for us.”
The weekend allowed Van Hoon to break out of a season beginning hitting slump, improving his batting average to .245 with 12 hits, four doubles and 10 RBI. He is one of two Pacific players to have started all 13 games at either shortstop or third base.
The two weekend wins improved Pacific's overall record to 5-8. They enter the week tied for second in the NWC at 2-1. The series loss was the first for Linfield since the conclusion of the 2009 season and dropped the Wildcats from No. 2 to No. 5 in the D3Baseball.com/NCBWA Top-25 Poll.
Pacific will try to channel their momentum for another tough three-game series this weekend as the Boxers are scheduled to play at George Fox.
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