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Dittrick earns pitching honors

For the fourth time this season, Pacific has picked up the nod for the Northwest Conference's weekly pitching honor as junior hurler Rob Dittrick has been selected for a second time as the NWC's Baseball Pitcher Student-Athlete of the Week.

Dittrick was selected for his brilliant complete-game three-hitter on Friday against Whitman, leading the Boxers to a 5-0 victory. In the effort, Dittrick did not walk anyone and struck out five batters. He did not allow a runner past second base and did not allow a hit after the third inning as he faced just four batters over the minimum. Dittrick's performance set the tone as Pacific swept the Missionaries for their third consecutive NWC series sweep.

'Rob has been pitching at a high level every time he takes the mound,' said Pacific coach Greg Bradley. 'He has been unbelievably consistent from inning to inning and from start to start. The Whitman game was another example of Rob being in control and again having a complete game.'

Boxers celebrate division iii week

Pacific University will join 442 other NCAA member schools in celebrating the first Division III Week, which will take place from April 9-15.

Pacific's observance of the week will include a panel discussion at noon on Thursday with three Pacific student-athletes talking about their experiences and the challenges of being a student-athlete at an academically challenging Division III school. The week's activities will conclude on Saturday with an exhibition race by Special Olympics Oregon athletes at the Pacific Luau track and field meet.

Admission to games during Division III Week will be free of charge. For a full schedule of planned events, visit the Pacific athletics web site at www.goboxers.com. In addition to the scheduled activities, the web site will run feature stories highlighting the academic and athletic successes of Pacific athletes.

Division III Week is designed as a celebration of the student-athletes that make up the NCAA's largest classification, which boasts over 172,000 individual participants. Division III athletes do not receive monetary incentive to play sports (i.e. athletic scholarships), but rather participate for the love of the game.

Pacific University sponsors 21 intercollegiate athletics programs with nearly 500 student-athletes.

Portland adult baseball league

The Legends Wood Bat Baseball League will hold workouts in Portland this Sunday at 4 p.m. Players who attend the workout will be eligible for placement on an expansion team, which will be formed in late April.

The cost for the workout is $5 per player, and this amount will be credited toward the $250 league fee, which covers the regular season and playoffs, plus a cap and numbered shirt which will be yours to keep. You can pay the fee when you arrive for the workout. The remainder of the league fee will be due later, with several payment options.

Players should bring a glove to the workout, and wear cleats if you have them. Players don't need to bring a bat or helmet.

For more information, please call 503-941-0037.



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