Poncedeleon grabs C-USA award
For his efforts in winning his last four straight decisions, including his first career complete game against Memphis, junior righthander Daniel Poncedeleon was named Conference-USA Pitcher of the Week.
After a slow start at 0-2, Ponce — as he’s known by coaches and teammates — has worked his way to 4-2, which includes a 2-0 record in C-USA games and 4-0 Friday nights.
“Ponce is very deserving of this honor after his strong performance at Memphis on Friday night,” said head coach Todd Whitting. “That was as good as Ponce has been. He pitched really well last week against East Carolina, but even better this week. He showed great mound presence and the team is proud of his effort.”
Pitch efficiency is slowly growing to be one of his hallmarks, as he needed only 107 pitches in his complete game and has struck out 28 while working at least six innings in his last four starts. Through 44.2 innings pitched, his ERA is 2.62.
Poncedeleon is the fourth UH baseball player to win Player of the Week honors. Senior pitcher Austin Pruitt and freshmen infielders Josh Vidales and Justin Montemayor have previously received the award.