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Former Mt. Spokane baseball star Drew Rasmussen earns Pac-12, national awards

Former Mt. Spokane standout Drew Rasmussen, who pitched the first perfect game in the Pac-12 since 1973, was named not only the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week but also Collegiate Baseball’s National Pitcher of the Week. Rasmussen, an Oregon State right-hander, needed just 103 pitches to register the fourth perfect game in conference history in a 3-0 win over Washington State on Saturday. The first three perfect games were all by WSU pitchers. Rasmussen struck out 10 Cougars and induced 11 ground balls in a brisk one-hour, 44 minute game to improve to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 1.36.

Area roundup: Mt. Spokane grad Drew Rasmussen perfect against WSU

Oregon State freshman Drew Rasmussen, a 2014 graduate of Mt. Spokane High School, fired the fourth perfect game in Pac-12 Conference history Saturday in No. 25 Oregon State’s 3-0 win over Washington State at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. Rasmussen struck out 10 and threw 103 pitches. He recorded six of his outs by fly ball and 11 by ground balls. He didn’t allow a ball out of the infield until WSU’s Jack Strunc flied out to left field to end the sixth inning.

East Valley’s Burland, Mt. Spokane’s Rasmussen drafted on final day

High school right-handers Gage Burland of East Valley and Drew Rasmussen of Mt. Spokane joined the list of selected players Saturday as the Major League Baseball Draft completed its three-day run. Baltimore chose Burland in the 26th round and Arizona tabbed Rasmussen in the 39th. Burland has signed with Gonzaga University.

Drew Rasmussen masterpiece spurs Wildcats to win

Mt. Spokane pitcher Drew Rasmussen threw a complete-game shutout against Lewis and Clark on Tuesday at Hart Field which gave him wins against every baseball team in the Greater Spokane League. Rasmussen also helped his own cause when he smashed a three-run home run over the 369-foot sign in left field as the Wildcats beat the Tigers 10-0 in six innings.

Baseball notes: Despite limited play from MVP Justin Blatner, Bullpups rise to top of GSL

Just as most Greater Spokane League coaches predicted, Gonzaga Prep has scratched its way to the top of the standings. But the Bullpups have done it by using only half of the baseball talents of reigning league MVP Justin Blatner. The sidewinding left-handed pitcher, who has committed to play for Gonzaga, tweaked his right oblique in March. As a result, coach Brian Munhall has refused to send Blatner to the plate this season.

Hard work pays dividends for Mt. Spokane ace Drew Rasmussen

Mt. Spokane fireballer Drew Rasmussen barely lets the batter get set before he delivers a fastball that jumps off his hand and pops in the catcher’s mitt. Pitching on a blustery Friday that included a shower of rain mixed with sleet, Rasmussen served a fastball to Rogers hitter Evan Norden, who jumped on it and drove it over the center fielder’s head for a stand-up double.