Povich Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

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Povich Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

Following a career-high 7.0 shutout innings and 10 strikeouts in Nebraska's 6-1 series-opening win over Minnesota last Friday, Cade Povich was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. It's the first time Povich has earned player-of-the-week honors from the league and he is the first Husker pitcher to be tabbed for the award since Nate Fisher on March 11, 2019.

Povich's 7.0 innings of work on Friday topped his previous best of 6.2 innings against Columbia last season. The junior left hander has now recorded double-digit strikeouts in two of his last three starts, including a career-high 12 against Ohio State on March 12. Povich put the Gophers down in order three times and allowed just four hits and no walks.

In four starts this season Povich has totaled team highs with 22.0 innings pitched and 32 strikeouts. The Bellevue, Neb., native has just six walks in 2021, with four of the walks coming in the season opener against Purdue.

The Huskers have earned a player-of-the-week award for two-straight weeks, as Cam Chick was named Big Ten Player of the Week last Wednesday.
 

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Big Ten Player of the Week
SS - Shawn Goosenberg, Northwestern (JR)

- Delivered a 1.313 slugging percentage to help the Wildcats win at Illinois for their third series win in a row
- Went 9-for-16 (.563) at the plate, with six runs scored, eight RBI, three doubles and three home runs
- Led Northwestern in Monday's series finale with a five-RBI day, belting a pair of two-run home runs as well as an RBI double
- The Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
- Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Jack Dunn (May 6, 2019)

Big Ten Pitcher of the Week
P - Cade Povich, Nebraska (JR)

- Struck out 10 over a career-high 7.0 shutout innings in a March 26 series-opening win vs. Minnesota
- Has now recorded double-digit strikeouts in two of his last three starts, including a career-high 12 against Ohio State on March 12
- Put the Gophers down in order three times on Friday and allowed just four hits and no walks
- Wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
- Last Nebraska Pitcher of the Week: Nate Fisher (March 11, 2019)


Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week
P - Nick Powers, Michigan State (FR)

- Fired 6.2 shutout innings in earning the win against conference leader Indiana on Sunday, running his scoreless inning streak to 15 consecutive innings
- Struck out three and did not allow an Indiana runner past second base until the seventh, limiting the Hoosiers to a season-low four hits while tying a season low with just one run
- Earned win in his first home game inside McLane Stadium at Kobs Field, retiring Indiana in three-up, three-down fashion in both the first and second innings, and didn’t face more than four batters until the sixth inning
- Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
- Last Michigan State Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Mason Erla (March 12, 2018)

Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week
OF - Ryan Lasko, Rutgers (FR)

- Tallied six RBI on four hits and scored four runs while batting .429 last weekend vs. Purdue to lead Rutgers to its best start to a Big Ten season through 14 games (8-6) since joining the conference
- Hit two home runs and three doubles as he registered a .467 on-base percentage and 1.071 slugging percentage
- Collected three doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored in the rubber-game win on Sunday, becoming the first Scarlet Knight with three doubles in a game since 2010
- Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
- Last Rutgers Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Josh Rodriguez (March 16, 2021)