April 21, 2008
IOWA CITY – Junior Brittany Weil has been named co-Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for her efforts against Wisconsin and Minnesota last weekend, sharing the honor with Northwestern’s Lauren Delaney. Weil is the first Hawkeye in school history to be named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week four times in a single-season and five times in a career.
The Garden Grove, CA, native is also the first Big Ten pitcher since 2006 to earn the award four times in a season. Northwestern pitcher Eileen Canney was given the award four times in 2006. The record is held by Michigan’s Marissa Young, who was tabbed Pitcher of the Week six times in 2002.
Weil did not allow an earned run in 20 innings of work last week and struck out 28 batters in three appearances.
Weil started the weekend by tossing a complete game, one-hit shutout against Wisconsin and struck out a season-high 12 batters. She took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing the lone hit of the contest. Weil struck out at least one batter in six of the seven innings, including two batters in the first, third, fourth and seventh innings and three hitters in the second frame.
The junior picked up her second win of the weekend with seven strikeouts against Minnesota in game one of a doubleheader. She also tossed six innings of relief in Iowa’s 13-inning marathon against Minnesota in game two, striking out nine batters.
Weil and the Hawkeyes take on Drake Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Des Moines.