April 23, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Left-handed pitcher Kyle Hart has been selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. He is the fourth different Hoosier rookie to earn the accolade this season.
Hart tossed a complete game shutout in IU's 3-0 win over Georgia Southern. Hart's shutout was the first for IU since Drew Leininger blanked Central Michigan back on March 14, 2010.
Hart needed just 100 pitches and less than two hours (1:58) to clinch the series for the Cream and Crimson, striking out a career-high nine batters in the process. The freshman southpaw from Cincinnati surrendered five hits and walked no one in his first career complete game. His season ERA dipped to 3.21 after Saturday's impressive effort.
The Big Ten Conference awards a Player, Pitcher and Freshman of the Week each Monday throughout the season. Through 10 weeks of the season, a conference-best eight Hoosiers have been recognized by the league office. Sam Travis leads the way with four such laurels, winning back-to-back Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week accolades (March 26 & April 2). A complete list of Hoosier winners is below:
Chris Sujka: Freshman (February 27)
Kyle Schwarber: Freshman (March 5)
Joey DeNato: Pitcher (March 19)
Sam Travis: Player (March 26/April 2); Freshman (March 26/April 2)
Kyle Hart: Freshman (April 23)
Indiana and Purdue's eight honorees are followed by: Illinois (5), Northwestern (3), Nebraska (3), Michigan (2), Iowa (2), Ohio State (2), Michigan State (2), Penn State (2) and Minnesota (1).