09 Dec 2021 | 03:25 | Baseball
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—CSUN Baseball’s sophomore right-handed pitcher Gavin Lizik earned his first career Big West Pitcher of the Week award, the league office announced on Monday. Lizik collected his first win of the season by tossing a seven-inning two-hit shutout of Hawai’i in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader win.
Originally from Yorba Linda, Calif., Lizik would have his best performance of his career against the Rainbow Warriors. Lizik struck out a career-nine batters and allowed just two balls out of the infield all game long. His seven innings of work was a new career-high as well.
A day after Blake Sodersten threw a complete game against Hawai’i, Lizik followed that performance with a dominating effort on Saturday. One of the two hits allowed was an infield single in the fourth inning. Only two base runners reached scoring position while five total hitters reached base for the entire game. A leadoff single passed the infield in the fifth inning but Lizik rebounded by retiring the final nine batters in a row with three strikeouts along the way. With the Matadors leading 12-0 after seven innings, Lizik was able to earn the complete game victory due to run-rule.
Lizik is the first Matador to throw a two-hitter since Wesley Moore accomplished the feat against Gonzaga in 2019. He is also the first CSUN pitcher to toss a shutout this season. As a team, the Matadors have combined to throw a Big West-leading six complete games.
Lizik (1-2) is third on the team in strikeouts (24) and innings pitched (35.0) to go with a 6.69 ERA in eight games this season. Since moving back into the starting rotation on Apr. 17, Lizik has a 4.03 ERA with 21 strikeouts over 29 innings and five starts.
The Matadors return to action in 10 days at UC San Diego. The opener of a four-game series kicks off on Thursday, May 27 at 5 p.m.