IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Grant Judkins has been named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, it was announced Monday by the league office. It is Judkins’ second career honor.
The right-handed pitcher from Pella, Iowa, earned the distinction after throwing six shutout innings in the Hawkeyes’ 4-1 victory over No. 18 Arizona on Feb. 22 at the Tony Gwynn Legacy Tournament in San Diego. It was Iowa’s first win over a ranked opponent this season.
Judkins surrendered two hits — a first inning bloop single and third inning bunt single — over six innings, while striking out six. He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced as he notched his second victory of the season.
Judkins is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts.
The honor is the second of Judkins’ career. He was tabbed as the Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 18), NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 19) and Big Ten Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 19) during the 2019 season.
The Hawkeyes return to action Friday, facing No. 10/13/17 North Carolina State in the opening game of the CambriaCollegeClassic in Minneapolis.