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Brian Ranta still on fire

WALLA WALLA, WA - Putnam graduate Brian Ranta continued on fire for George Fox University's baseball team on Saturday.

The Bruin right-handed pitcher on Saturday improved his season record to 6-1, throwing six innings of shutout ball in a 15-2 rout of Whitman College.

Ranta scattered six hits, struck out six and walked no one, stretching his string of consecutive scoreless innings to 19.

Earlier in the week, Ranta was selected Northwest Conference Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of March 14-20 for his performance in a 2-0 shutout of Willamette on March 19. It was the third time this season Ranta had received the honor.

Through seven games this season, Ranta, a junior, sports a 1.70 ERA, with 40 hits allowed, 47 strikeouts and only four walks allowed in 53 innings.