Vande Griend shares NWC Pitcher of the Week honor

Willamette's Zach Vande Griend (So., Salem Academy HS) and Pacific's Derek Akimoto shared the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honor on Monday.

Vande Griend pitched five innings of relief in an extra-inning victory over Western Baptist, then earned the win on Monday with eight strong innings that led to a 15-5 win at Whitman.

Altogether, Vande Griend (2-4) pitched 13 innings, allowed two earned runs, eight hits and one walk while striking out 14. His ERA for the week was 1.38.

Akimoto pitched a complete-game shutout against Puget Sound.