Truesdale Named MWC Pitcher of the Week
May 19, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force sophomore right-hander Alex Truesdale and TCU junior outfielder Chris Ellington have been named Mountain West Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively. This is the second career weekly award for Ellington and the first for Truesdale.
Truesdale, an Austin, Texas, native, collected a complete-game victory in the Falcons' 10-1 series opening win against UNLV last Thursday. The win snapped Air Force's 27-game losing streak to the Rebels. Truesdale allowed just one run and one extra base hit (a solo home run), while scattering eight hits and striking out a career-best eight batters. The one run allowed was the fewest allowed by an Air Force starter in a conference complete-game victory since Josh Zumbrun blanked San Diego State in 2003. It was also the fewest runs UNLV has posted against Air Force since 1972, a string of 71 games.
Ellington, from Weatherford, Texas, batted .563 (9-for-16) from the plate with one home run, two doubles, nine RBI and four runs scored in the Horned Frogs' three-game sweep of New Mexico last weekend in Albuquerque. In game one, Ellington's first inning RBI double gave TCU a 1-0 lead on the way to an 8-3 win. In game two, he went 4-for-5 with a home run, career-high six RBI and four runs scored as TCU clinched the regular-season title with a 14-11 victory. In the series finale, Ellington went 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Horned Frogs completed the series sweep with a 13-4 win.
Truesdale finishes the 2008 season leading the Mountain West Conference regular season with 97.2 innings pitched. That total is the fifth-best single season total in Air Force history. He also led the team with a 6.73 earned run average and 58 strikeouts.