Thompson named nation's 'Top Pitcher' for April

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The Siuslaw High School grad has gone 10-0 on the mound

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oregon State University redshirt junior Jake Thompson was
named the nation's Pitcher of the Month for April on Monday by the National
Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Thompson, who improved to 10-0 Sun day in his first start in May, went 4-0
in April, posting a miniscule 0.71 earned run average (ERA). He earned two
of his wins in rubber games, and held opponents to three runs, 22 hits and
nine walks while striking out 35 in 38 innings over five starts.

The Florence native is tied for the nation's lead with 10 wins and his 1.20
ERA on the year is ranked fifth. Opponents have scored just 12 runs (11
earned) off of Thompson in 82 1/3 innings. In addition, he has 84 strikeouts
to 25 walks and 50 hits allowed for a WHIP of 0.91.

The award is his second major honor over the last week. On Thursday,
Thompson was named as one of three Oregon State players to the CoSIDA
Academic All-District 8 team.

An economics major, he is now eligible to be an Academic All-American, with
the announcement for that determination coming in early June.

Meanwhile, OSU's baseball team is on its way to being the nation¹s consensus
No. 1 team for the seventh consecutive week. Baseball America, D1Baseball.com, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game all had the Beavers ranked at No. 1 as of Monday morning.

The Beavers open a three-game series with the Oregon Ducks this Thursday
night at PK Park in Eugene.

The Civil War series is scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. start. The game can be
heard live on the Beaver Sports Network, TuneIn and OSUBeavers.com.

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