Wetzler goes from doghouse to penthouse

BEN WETZLER WENT from the doghouse to the penthouse. After being suspended following a misdemeanor run-in with the law, the Oregon State senior was named the Pac-12 Conference's Pitcher of the Week Monday, just a day after helping guide the Beavers to a series win over No. 5 Washington.

Surprisingly, it's the first weekly honor of Ben Wetzler's career.

The lefty allowed just two hits and two walks in a complete game shutout of the Pac-12's top offensive club, UW, and did not allow the Huskies to put a runner beyond first base in the Beavers' 3-0 win.

He retired all nine leadoff batters he faced and forced the Huskies to go 0-for-5 with runners on base.

The complete-game effort was his second of the season.

Wetzler improved to 10-1 on the year, with the win, and lowered his earned run average to a national-best 0.84.

His .146 batting average against is also good for No. 1 while his 0.78 WHIP is third.

The pitching honor is the fourth of the season for the Beavers, tying the program's previous best (since 1999) set in 2010. The Beavers have 73 all-time pitcher of the week honors, and 27 since the then-Pac-10 unified prior to the 1999 season.

The Beavers play a non-league contest at Oregon on Tuesday night and then go to Los Angeles for a Friday-Sunday series against USC that concludes the regular season.

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