Brandon Mitchell Named SCIAC Pitcher of the Week for CMS Baseball

Junior right-handed starting pitcher Brandon Mitchell was named SCIAC Pitcher of the Week after his 14-strikeout performance against Lewis & Clark on Saturday.
Junior right-handed starting pitcher Brandon Mitchell was named SCIAC Pitcher of the Week after his 14-strikeout performance against Lewis & Clark on Saturday.

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Junior pitcher Brandon Mitchell was named SCIAC Pitcher of the Week for the games through Monday, Feb. 10 as announced by the conference office today. 

The junior right-handed pitcher tossed 7.0 innings and struck out 14 batters during the 4-3 Game-2 win over Lewis & Clark on Sat., Feb. 8. Mitchell was stellar in his first outing of the season allowing just two hits, one earned run, and one walk over his first start of the season. He retired 21 out of his first 24 batters faced and struck out six straight batters between the fourth and fifth innings.

Mitchell tossed 101 pitches (74 strikes) while recording the most strikeouts in an outing for a CMS baseball pitcher since Feb. 28, 2010, when David Ulrich struck out 14 batters against Willamette. The 14 strikeouts marked a career-high for the Edmonds, Washington native, besting his previous career-high of nine strikeouts on April 27, 2019, against Caltech. 

His seven-inning outing fell three outs shy of his career-long 8.0-inning performance to end the 2019 season in Game 2 of a doubleheader at La Verne when he struck out just three batters and allowed one run on seven hits. Mitchell began the 2019 season in the bullpen and made four appearances in relief prior to being moved into a starting role on March 19 against Principia. The Computer Science and Applied Mathematics major took the ball and ran with it, making seven starts and finishing second on the team in innings pitched (56.2) while recording a team-high K/9 ratio (8.89).

Mitchell joined the team in 2017-18 as an infielder and played 34 games during his first season, batting .295 (23-78) with six doubles, one triple, three homers, and 15 RBI. He produced a .513 slugging percentage and .444 on-base percentage. 

The CMS baseball team opened the season 3-1 after taking down Pacific (Ore.) 4-1 last Friday and sweeping Lewis & Clark in a doubleheader (12-0, 4-3) on Saturday and begins SCIAC play on Feb. 21 against Cal Lutheran at Arce Field with first pitch scheduled for 2:30 p.m.