Vedo, Williams Sweep Big West Pitcher/Player of the Week Awards

March 21, 2011

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara swept the Big West weekly awards after two terrific weekend showings by Matt Vedo and Sean Williams. Vedo was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week and Williams was tabbed as the Big West Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

It is the first time the Gauchos have captured both weekly awards since May 11, 2009 when Matt Valaika and Joe Gardner picked up the weekly honors.

Vedo came one out shy of throwing the first no-hitter by a Gaucho pitcher in 31 years. The junior right-hander finished with a complete game, allowing one unearned run and striking out a career-high eight batters in UCSB's 2-1 win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader vs. Nevada.

The native of Colusa, Calif. tossed 113 pitches in the complete game and became the first Gaucho to toss a one-hitter since Mario Hollands did so two seasons ago. An error in the ninth inning extended the final frame and Vedo allowed a two-out double, coming just shy of matching Mark Nowlin, who was the last Gaucho to toss a no-no, doing so in March, 1980.

Williams, who has reached base in all but one of UCSB's games this season, was 6-for-7 on Saturday, driving in a pair of runs - each of which counted as the game-winning RBI. The senior from Costa Mesa, Calif. had a sacrifice fly in the first game and an RBI double in the second game, while also stealing a base on the day. He is hitting a team-high .414 and has 10 hits in his last 15 at-bats.

UCSB plays a Pac-10 schedule this week, traveling to USC for a 3 p.m. game on Tuesday and then heading to Corvallis, Ore. to face No. 23 Oregon State in a three-game set this weekend. All four games will be broadcast live online by clicking here.