May 2, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior pitcher Jarred Hippen has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The weekly honor is the first of Hippen’s career.
“Jared was about three inches away from a perfect game,” said UI head coach Jack Dahm. “He was in control of that game, pounding the strike zone and throwing three pitches over the plate for strikes. He was as in control of that game as any pitcher I have seen.
“When he is ready to go, there are not many pitchers better than him. I had a feeling he would have a great outing pitching at Target Field. It is a shame we were not able to get any runs for him because that was as good of a collegiate pitched game as I have seen in a long time.”
The Rock Falls, Ill., native earned the weekly honor after falling one batter shy of a perfect game on Friday against Minnesota at Target Field in Minneapolis. The junior needed just 72 pitches, 76 percent of which were strikes, to get through eight innings, surrendering one hit in the 1-0 loss to the Gophers. The left hander struck out two in the process, recording Iowa’s first one-hitter since Troy Wulf accomplished the feat in a 3-0 win over Southwest Missouri State in 1998.
Hippen is the third Hawkeye to garner weekly honors this season and the second pitcher. Centerfielder Trevor Willis was named Big Ten Player of the Week March 7 and starting pitcher Nick Brown was selected as Big Ten Pitcher of the Week March 21.
The Hawkeyes host Milwaukee Wednesday night at 6:05 p.m. at Duane Banks Field. Iowa then hosts Penn State this weekend in its final Big Ten home series of the season. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Friday. The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions will also play Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at noon. Saturday’s game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.