Arnett Earns First Weekly Honor
April 13, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Eric Arnett (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) has been named Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced today. Arnett delivered his third straight complete game over the weekend, hurling a two-hitter with a career-best 11 strikeouts. It is the junior's first weekly honor from the conference.
Arnett shares the honor with Ohio State's Alex Wimmers, who had an identical stat line on Friday against Michigan State. After allowing consecutive doubles in the second inning on Saturday, Arnett did not allow a hit the rest of the game. He walked two in the contest and struck out at least one batter in each of the first eight innings, including three in the second.
The junior lowered his ERA to a conference-leading 2.00, and he has thrown complete games in each of his three Big Ten starts. His seven wins and 63.0 innings are also atop the conference, while his 63 strikeouts are fourth in the Big Ten.
In conference action, Arnett is holding opposing hitters to a .155 average with just 15 hits and six walks in 28 innings (0.75 WHIP). He holds a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.5:1 in Big Ten play with his 27 Ks. He has allowed just four runs in his three conference starts.
The first-place Hoosiers have won nine of their last 11 contests and will enter this weekend's home series against Penn State with a 6-2 Big Ten record ¬- tied with Minnesota for best in the league. Indiana and PSU will do battle on Friday (3 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Sembower Field, where admission is free to all fans.
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