Utah baseball and softball earned themselves Pac-12 weekly awards this week, as Utah freshman pitcher Jayson Rose was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, while Miranda Viramontes was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.
Rose earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after striking out 11 in Utah's 3-2 win over California on Sunday for the Utes (9-17 overall, 3-2 Pac-12). Rose is Utah's second Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week since the Utes' joined the conference in 2012.
Rose pitched the first six innings against No. 14-ranked California, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits, walking none and striking out a career-best 11.
Cal is one of the top offenses in the Pac-12, entering this week batting .295, third-best in the conference, while scoring the Pac-12's second-most runs. The Golden Bears had scored 25 runs in the first two games of the series. Between Rose and reliever Brock Duke, who had six strikeouts over the final three innings, the Utes tallied 17 strikeouts in Sunday's game.
Rose is 2-3 with a team-leading 4.00 ERA in seven games pitched this season. Rose had struck out 21 previously over his first six starts and leads Utah with 32 strikeouts on the year.
Utah's Miranda Viramontes was named this week's Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after she went 2-0 at Stanford this past weekend, helping guide the Utes to its first-ever Pac-12 series road win. The Utes won the series over the Cardinal 2-1, thanks in large part to Viramontes' accomplishments inside the circle. Friday she won her eighth game of the season, giving up just three runs on seven hits and striking out four batters in her third complete game of the season. She then tossed four innings of three-hit softball in Utah's 7-2 win over the Cardinal on Sunday - improving to 9-6 on the season - and giving Utah the series victory.
Viramontes yielded just five runs over her 11.0 innings of work this past weekend and she struck out nine batters in two games, which included tying a career-high with five strikeouts on Sunday.
Viramontes becomes the second Ute to earn Pac-12 weekly honors after Katie Donovan earned the same honor back on Feb. 23.