Sports Briefs

Dittrick earns NWC honors, chamberlain gets closer to record, sunset grove kick-off event

Dittrick earns NWC honors

After pitching three complete games in the weeks leading up to the Menlo series, it only took a six-inning outing to earn Pacific sophomore Rob Dittrick selection as the Northwest Conference's Baseball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week.

Dittrick pitched the Boxers to a 4-2 victory over Menlo in the opener of the teams' four-game series on Saturday. Working with an 80-pitch limit, Dittrick did not allow a run on three hits and one walk while striking out eight in six innings of work. The victory was the sixth straight for Dittrick in seven starts.

'Rob has pitched well in every start this year,' said Pacific head coach Greg Bradley. 'He has been very consistent and very deserving of recognition for his pitching. I am glad he is being recognized as one of the best pitchers in the conference.'

Dittrick is developing into one of the best starters in not just the conference, but in the nation at the NCAA Division III level. His 1.83 ERA ranks eighth best in the NWC and he is tied for first in the league in wins (6), games started (7) and home runs allowed (0) while throwing a NWC-most 54 innings. Dittrick also ranks third in the NWC with 40 strikeouts.

Dittrick will return to the hill on Saturday as the Boxers host Willamette for a three-game conference series. Pacific enters the week in third place in the NWC at 8-4 and the Boxers are 14-8-1 overall.

chamberlain gets closer to record

Pacific junior Chelsey Chamberlain is just four RBIs away from breaking the school record she set last season (55), and she is two home runs from breaking the record of 12 she set last year as well.

Over the Boxers' spring break trip to the Tucson Invitational, Chamberlain collected 16 RBIs and three home runs in just six games, and she added four RBIs and a home run last weekend against Lewis and Clark to bring her total to 51 RBIs and 10 home runs with 15 regular season games remaining.

The Boxers currently sit in third place in the NWC with an 8-6 record and will return home for six straight games. This week, Pacific will make up a game with Eastern Oregon on Thursday and then host doubleheaders against Puget Sound on Saturday and Pacific Lutheran on Sunday.

sunset grove kick-off event

The Sunset Grove Ladies Golf Club announced their 2011 golf season will begin with a kick-off at Sunset Grove Golf Club on Wednesday, April 6. A continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. with tee times beginning at 9.

Beginning May 3, the Golf Club will offer group play for those working women or others wishing to play on Tuesday evenings. Tee times start at 5:30 p.m.

The Sunset Grove Ladies Golf Club is an active ladies golf club. Membership is open to female golfers of all abilities over the age of 18. Membership dues for the year are $50. Green fees are $9 for seniors (62 and over) and $11 for all others.

For more information please contact Susan Hay at 503-590-4925.