May 16, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior pitcher Jarred Hippen has been named Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Week alongside Penn State starter Steven Hill, the conference office announced Monday. The weekly honor is the second Hippen has received this year (May 2).
Hippen and Hill both tossed complete game shutout victories for their respective teams Friday night. Iowa won at Ohio State 7-0, while the Nittany Lions won by the identical score over Minnesota in State College, Pa.
“Jared threw outstanding,” said UI head coach Jack Dahm. “You could tell early in the game that he had command of all four pitches and did a great job. He’s really maturated as a pitcher. It’s fun to watch him every Friday night as he gives us a great chance to win.”
The Rock Falls, Ill., native earned the weekly honor after pitching his third complete-game effort of the year in helping lead his team to victory. The junior scattered just three hits and two walks over nine innings and struck out five. The outing was his first complete-game shutout of the season, and third of his career, and helped the Hawkeyes to their first road series win of the year.
Hippen’s honor marks the fourth time a Hawkeye has earned a Big Ten weekly accolade this season. Hippen has been recognized twice, while centerfielder Trevor Willis was named Big Ten Player of the Week March 7 and starting pitcher Nick Brown was honored as Big Ten Pitcher of the Week March 21.
The Hawkeyes host Creighton Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. at Duane Banks Field in its home finale. Admission is $3 for adults, and free for UI students and youths. Iowa will then travel to West Lafayette, Ind., Thursday-Saturday to play its final regular season conference set of the year against the Purdue Boilermakers.