Illini Ace Andy Dickinson is the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week
March 26, 2001
Champaign, Ill. - University of Illinois junior lefthander Andy Dickinson earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors today, the conference office announced earlier today. The Freeport, Ill., native three-hit Michigan State to defeat the Spartans, 10-1, in the conference opener for both clubs Friday night.
Dickinson one-hit the Spartans through seven innings and did not allow a runner to advance past first base until the ninth inning to improve to 4-0 on the year and 1-0 in the Big Ten. Dickinson struck out a career-high 11 Spartans and walked only one in the complete game effort. He faced the minimum number of batters through seven innings and only 30 in the game, three above the minimum, against a team that currently ranks second in the conference with a .313 team batting average.
The nine-inning effort was DickinsonŐs fourth complete game of the year and the third in which he has allowed only one run. He currently leads the Big Ten in strikeouts (46) and innings pitched (47.0).
This is DickinsonŐs first Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor and the second for the Illini this season after Rob Fischer was named the Big Ten Player of the Week last week. Illinois, 9-11 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten, hosts Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to Carbondale for a game against Southern Illinois on Wednesday. Illinois plays host to Big Ten rival Northwestern this weekend in a four-game conference series at Illinois Field.