IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Grant Judkins has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Pitcher of the Week, it was announced Tuesday by the association.
Judkins was also named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and the Big Ten’s Pitcher of the Week following his dominant performance in Iowa’s 10-0 victory over Marshall on Feb. 17 in Kissimmee, Florida.
The Pella, Iowa, native pitched a career-best six-innings of no-hit ball with a career-high 11 strikeouts against the Thundering Herd. Judkins had a fast start, punching out five batters through three innings. In the sixth, he worked out of trouble after back-to-back walks to start the inning. With runners on first and third with one out, Judkins reached double digit K’s, striking out the final two batters he faced.
Judkins’ 11 strikeouts are currently leading the Big Ten Conference and rank fifth nationally. As a team, the Hawkeyes have 41 strikeouts in three games to lead the league and rank fifth in the country with 14.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
Iowa (2-1) returns to action Friday, opening a four-game series at Hawaii. Game time is set for 10:35 p.m. (CT) from Honolulu.