Bashore Collects Third Weekly Honor
May 12, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore lefty Matt Bashore has been named Co-Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced today, his third Pitcher of the Week honor this season. Bashore shares the award with Michigan's Chris Fetter after spinning a gem against Northwestern in which he allowed just three hits and one unearned run.
Bashore became the first IU pitcher since Bob Scafa in 1993 to garner the honor three times in a season. Bashore and Fetter are the only Big Ten players this season to be honored three times and are the first since Northwestern's Dan Brauer in 2006 to pick up three POW laurels.
Bashore was brilliant in the Hoosiers' 2-1 win over Northwestern on Saturday, allowing only three hits and one unearned run in a complete-game victory for IU. After allowing a single to the first batter of the game, Bashore ceded only a spinning infield single and a bloop down the right field line in the win. Bashore struck out five and walked two in the victory.
The only inning where the Wildcats got to Bashore was the fifth, when IU committed two errors and Bashore gave up an infield hit and a hit batsman to score a run. But with the bases loaded and two down, he struck out NU's three hitter, Jake Goebbert, to end the threat and allow only one run to cross.
Bashore also won the award on March 17, following eight innings of spectacular work against Portland, and on April 28, after a complete-game, 2-1 victory for the Hoosiers over Fetter and the Wolverines. It is the third straight week that a Hoosier has been honored, as Bashore's awards sandwiched a Player of the Week nod to centerfielder Andrew Means for his performance against Purdue. Josh Phegley's POW honor after a series against Iowa gives IU five weekly honors this season, the most since IU had five in 1993.
The Tipp City, Ohio, native has struck out a Big Ten-leading 79 men this season, the eighth-most in school history and the most for an IU hurler since 1999. He is 6-3 on the year with a 2.72 ERA, which is the third-best mark in the conference. He has posted complete-game victories in each of his last three games for IU.
Indiana will be back in action on Tuesday, when it plays host to Butler at Sembower Field. The final home game of the season for the Hoosiers will begin at 3 p.m. EDT, and live audio and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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