Bashore Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week
May 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior left-hander Matt Bashore has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced today. Bashore is the second Hoosier hurler to win the weekly award, joining Eric Arnett (April 13). It is the fourth time in the Tipp City, Ohio, native's career that he has earned a weekly honor from the conference.
Bashore was stellar in his performance against Michigan State on Friday. The junior lowered his conference ERA to a Big Ten-leading 2.38 by striking out 10 batters while only surrendering three hits and one walk in his eight shutout innings. Bashore only allowed one runner to reach second base in his eight innings of work as only two of his hits reached the outfield. He needed just 100 pitches to match his season high in Ks.
Bashore's last four outings have been incredibly impressive. He lost a tough-luck outing against Purdue during that span, but still has a 3-1 record with a 2.03 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 31 innings. More astounding in that is that he has surrendered just one extra base hit (a double against Northwestern) and has issued just eight walks for a K-to-BB ratio of 4.38. Bashore has lowered his season ERA to 3.87 overall, a mark that is 10th in the conference.
Indiana will open the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday as the conference's three seed. The Hoosiers (28-25, 16-7 Big Ten) will take on Purdue (24-24, 11-12) at 3:35 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio, at Huntington Park, the AAA home of the Columbus Clippers. For more information on the Big Ten Tournament, go to www.bigten.org.
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