Duchene Tabbed Big Ten Co-Pitcher, Freshman of the Week
May 13, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Freshman Kevin Duchene was named Big Ten co-Pitcher and Freshman of the Week for the first time in his career, the conference office announced Monday. Duchene racked up a career-high 11 strikeouts and tossed a two-hit shutout in Illinois' 9-0 win over Penn State on Friday night. The Joliet, Ill., native improved to 7-1, which ranks as the second-most wins ever by an Illini freshman and tied for second in the Big Ten this year.
Duchene carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and only walked one while throwing 103 pitches with 73 for strikes. The two PSU hits equaled the fewest allowed by Illinois this season. His 11 strikeouts equaled the most by an Illini pitcher since Drew Dickinson fanned 12 in an 11-inning win over Bucknell on March 15, 2002.
Duchene shared pitching honors with Northwestern's Brandon Magallones, who posted a complete game and struck out six in a 12-1 win over No. 14 Indiana. He is the first Illini pitcher to earn the award since Matt Milroy on April 9, 2012. He also becomes the fifth Illini to earn Freshman of the Week honors since it was instituted in 2011. Illinois' last Freshman of the Week honoree was Reid Roper on April 9, 2012.
After sweeping Penn State over the weekend, Illinois is tied for fifth in the Big Ten and will head to Minneapolis, Minn., for a three-game series with Minnesota from May 16-18. The first two games of the series on Thursday (3:05 p.m.) and Friday (2:05 p.m.) will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.