Sophomore Seth Romero was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Pitcher of the Week for his performance in the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader against Grand Canyon University.
The lefty threw a complete game, with an extraordinary 13 strikeouts. He allowed only one run and two walks, and raised his record to 3-0 on the mound.
For this extraordinary outing, he was already named the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday. His contribution to the weekend had much to do with the eventual series sweep of Grand Canyon and has him adding awards to his shelves.
Romero now has a 0.78 ERA on the season and his return to the team after serving a suspension due to a disciplinary issue has had much to do with the Cougars’ recent hot streak, winning nine of their last ten after starting the season 4-5.
With Romero back, the pitching rotation has increased depth and is settling into its natural order. His position as the Saturday starting pitcher increases the chances of winning any given series, especially considering Friday starter Andrew Lantrip has looked equally impressive on the mound, even winning the Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honor the preceding week.
Winning back-to-back honors is an incredible feat for the Houston pitching staff. But the pitching duo of Lantrip and Romero is arguable the best in the country. So, many more honors are likely to come.