HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford sophomore pitcher Nathan Bass has been named the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 31, the conference office announced in a release on Monday. This is the first weekly honor for the Falls Church, Va. product.
Bass was stellar in his lone start this week, keeping Gettysburg at bay in the conference opener for both teams as the Fords cruised to an 8-1 triumph on Saturday afternoon.
In a crucial contest for the Fords, Bass was up to the task, striking out a career-best 12 Bullets while surrendering just three hits in seven shutout innings. He was credited with the win, improving to 2-0 on the season. The right-hander was dominant all afternoon, striking out the side in his first frame and matching the feat in the sixth inning. At one point, Bass retired 10 straight from the fourth through seventh innings, including five strikeouts in that stretch.
Bass currently leads the Centennial Conference with a miniscule 0.89 earned run average and a 0.74 WHIP. His 33 strikeouts are good for sixth in the conference, while his K/9 ratio is far and away the tops in the Centennial at 14.61. For comparison, Jack Corkery of Swarthmore is second in that statistic with 11.70 strikeouts per nine. On a national scale, Bass is seventh in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings, while his ERA is the 23rd-lowest in NCAA Division III. Bass's WHIP is the seventh-best total in the nation through the first month and a half of the 2019 campaign.
Haverford (9-9, 2-0 CC) returns to action on Tuesday, heading to conference foe Muhlenberg for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch in Allentown as the Centennial Conference slate continues into the final month of the regular season.