March 25, 2013
NEW ORLEANS- For the second time this month, freshman pitcher Ian Gibaut was honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, as they announced him as the Co-Pitcher of the Week today.
Gibaut played two very important roles last week during his three appearances on the mound. While he recorded a save in his last two appearances on the week, he pitched 3.0 innings on Tuesday - his second longest outing of the season - to help preserve Tulane's bullpen for their Conference USA opening series against Memphis.
"Once again, this is a well-deserved award," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "He had two big saves during our Conference opening series in clutch situations."
During Tulane's two wins over Memphis, the Houston native pitched 2.0 innings and 1.0 inning, respectively, to earn his fourth and fifth save of the season. He struck out two in the first contest and one in the first.
Against New Orleans last Tuesday, Gibaut came out of the bullpen and pitched 3.0 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three. In the previous six innings of that game, the Privateers had collected ten hits. His ability to eat innings during that game allowed Tulane to use four pitchers - including himself - during the Sunday victory over Memphis.
On the week, Gibaut struck out six batters in 6.0 innings, while walking none and allowing four hits. Opponents only hit .200 against him during those three outings.
The honor marked the second time this season that Gibaut was awarded by the LWSA, as he was named Pitcher of the Week on March 11 for his 7.2 innings of work that earned him a win and two saves in three appearances against Northwestern State and High Point.
Gibaut shares this week's honor with McNeese State's Blake Ware, who pitched 10.2 scoreless innings against Lamar on Saturday.
For the season, Gibaut has appeared in 11 games and thrown 20.1 innings, allowing only 13 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out 21 and walking only five. He holds an ERA of 1.33.
The LWSA Hitter and Pitcher of the Week are voted on by a statewide panel of sports writers.
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