May 13, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- For the third time in four weeks, a Northwestern Wildcat has been named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday. This week's accolade goes to sophomore Brandon Magallones, who shut down No. 14 Indiana in an overwhelming 12-1 victory on Saturday, May 11.
The high-powered Hoosiers entered Saturday's contest ranked first in the Big Ten in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, extra-base hits, walks and runs. NU's Magallones was completely undaunted by those figures as he surrendered a lone run on just two hits in his second complete game of the season. The right-hander carried a no-hit bid into the fifth inning as he cruised to his team-leading fifth win of the year.
Magallones needed only 91 pitches Saturday as he struck out six Hoosiers, one shy of tying a season high. He did not issue a base on balls for the first time this season and just the second time in his career as a starting pitcher.
Offensively, the Wildcats supported Magallones with 12 runs Saturday, marking the seventh time this season they have scored 10-plus times. Trevor Stevens scored a career-high four times, Jack Havey drove in a career-best six runs and battery mate Scott Heelan added his second home run of the season to help the cause.
This marks the second weekly honor in as many seasons for Magallones. The Manhattan, Ill., native also captured Big Ten Co-Pitcher and Co-Freshman of the Week honors on March 26, 2012 following a 3-0 shutout of the Iowa Hawkeyes. He shares this week's honor with Kevin Duchene of Illinois.
The sophomore is the second Northwestern hurler to be named a Big Ten Pitcher of the Week this season joining Luke Farrell, who earned the award on April 22 and again, last week, on May 7. Outfielder Zach Jones (two-time Freshman of the Week) and catcher Jake Straub (Player of the Week) have also earned individual Big Ten awards this season. Six individual awards in one season are the most for Northwestern since 2004 when Anthony Wycklendt, J.A. Happ and Dan Brauer combined to earn seven honors.
The awards continued to pour in on Tuesday morning. Magallones was named the College Sports Madness National Pitcher of the Week.
Magallones and the Wildcats will finish the regular season on the road with a nonconference series against the Wichita State Shockers, May 16-18. Thursday's series-opening clash marks the seventh all-time meeting between the two programs and the first time that Northwestern will square off on the diamond since Feb. 28, 1998.
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