BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, baseball sophomore Brent Cleland has been named MAC East Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning. This is the first time this season UB has earned Player of the Week recognition.
Cleland had the best outing of his career in Friday’s series opening victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes as he was nearly unhittable finishing off the afternoon going six innings and allowing four hits, no earned runs and striking out a career-best 12 batters. The 12 strikeouts were a season-high for a Bulls pitcher this season. Cleland scattered four hits over six innings while striking out the side two times in his 133-pitch outing. The lone run that came across the plate against Cleland came on a balk call in the 5th inning and following the balk, Cleland struck out three straight batters to limit the damage. The righty is now 3-1 in his last four starts while striking out 28 batters in those four contests.
On the year, Cleland owns a 3-5 record to go along with a team-high 53 innings pitched and a team-best 56 strikeouts, both career-highs. The sophomore also ranks fourth on the team with a 5.26 ERA while holding his opponents to a .257 batting average on the year.