May 7, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern senior Luke Farrell claimed his second Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award in the last three weeks following another dominant start against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, May 3. Overall, it is the third weekly honor of his career.
Farrell was nearly unhittable once again when he took the bump in Saturday's series opener against Ohio State. After retiring the side in order to open the ballgame, Farrell surrendered a one-out single in the second inning, but little else until the Buckeyes got a second base hit with two down in the top of the eighth inning.
Staked to a comfortable lead for much of the afternoon, Farrell posted eight strikeouts over eight innings of work, marking the sixth time this season that he has recorded at least seven punch-outs for the Wildcats. Northwestern won the opening game of the series on Saturday, 8-0.
|Highlights from Farrell's Victory|
Farrell becomes the first Northwestern hurler since Dan Brauer in 2006 to claim multiple Big Ten Pitcher of the Week awards in the same season. Brauer would later go on to be named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year following that memorable 2006 campaign.
Over his last three starts, Farrell is 2-0 with a 0.36 ERA. He has scattered just nine hits and allowed one run, while striking out 22 over 25 innings on the mound against formidable lineups in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio State.
The Westlake, Ohio, native currently ranks as the Big Ten's leader in ERA (1.60) and strikeouts (72). He also ranks second with an opposing batting average of .195. In conference games only, Farrell leads the league in all three categories with a 1.20 ERA, 46 strikeouts and an opposing batting average of .187. The senior also tops the Big Ten with 52.1 innings pitched in conference games.
The Wildcats continue a stretch of eight games in nine days tonight when they travel a few miles south to the west side of Chicago where they will take on the UIC Flames at 7:05 p.m. Northwestern returns to Evanston on May 8 to host the Chicago Maroons in the final game of the season at Rocky Miller Park, scheduled for 3 p.m.
Farrell is slated to make his next start when the 'Cats resume Big Ten play on Friday, May 10 at No. 14 Indiana at 5:05 p.m. CT.
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