Buckeye Pitchers Collect 5th Big Ten honor, second consecutive.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Jake Hale, Ohio State
Sr., RHP, Albany, Ohio/Alexander
Hale saved each of Ohio State’s three wins over a 25-hour period as the Buckeyes swept Purdue on the road to claim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings. The senior tossed 5.1 innings in the series, not allowing a run on just four hits and two walks while striking out seven. The Stopper of the Year Award candidate leads the Big Ten with 10 saves and has an ERA of just 1.12 in 32 innings of work. The right-hander has finished 23 straight games and has not given up an earned run in the month of April. Hale began the week throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball against nationally ranked Kent State on Wednesday before preserving a 1-0 win over Purdue on Friday with two scoreless frames. In Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday, Hale struck out three of the five batters he faced without allowing a runner to reach base. In the series finale, he entered the game with one out in the eighth and the bases loaded and held the one-run lead. For the week, Hale struck out 10 in 7.2 innings, allowing just five hits and three walks with zero earned runs. The weekly award is the first of Hale’s career and the fifth for the Ohio State pitching staff this season.
Hale Pitcher of the Week