USF baseball redshirt sophomore lefty Shane McClanhan was named the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the week on Monday for his opening night performance against No. 6 North Carolina.
@USFBaseball's Shane McClanahan pitched 6 shutout innings and had 11 strikeouts in a win over No. 6 North Carolina to begin the year.— American Baseball (@American_BSB) February 19, 2018
He earns the first #AmericanBSB Pitcher of the Week honor! ⚾
McClanahan threw six innings of scoreless baseball against the sixth-ranked Tar Heels in a 4-3 USF win on Friday night.
The Bulls lefty was consistently at 94-96 on the radar gun and even hit 99 on his way to striking out 11 Tar Heels, allowing only three hits. It was the fourth career double-digit strikeout game for the Bulls ace.
McClanahan racked up four preseason awards including the Perfect Game All-American second team, the Baseball America first team, the College Sports Madness fourth team and the the D1Baseball.com third team.
USF (1-2) followed Friday nights upset win over the Heels with a blowout 12-5 loss on Saturday and a 9-8 extra inning defeat in the rubber match on Sunday afternoon.
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Bulls as they head to Tallahassee for a midweek match up with No. 5 Florida State on Tuesday at 4 p.m. USF knocked off FSU last season, 4-2.
McClanahan will get the ball again on Friday night when the Bulls open a weekend series against Fordham at 7 p.m.