March 11, 2013
Tom Windle has been named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after an outstanding performance last weekend against Western Illinois. The award is the first of Windle's career and the second Golden Gopher pitcher to receive the award in back-to-back weeks. Ben Meyer was named the Big Ten Pitcher last Monday after a 5-1 Utah win (3/2).
Windle accomplished a complete-game no hitter to lead Minnesota to a 3-0 win over Western Illinois Friday. Windle went nine innings, struck out eight batters, walked one and held the Leathernecks hitless and scoreless. He accomplished the feat in 95 pitches and is the first Gopher to earn a no-hitter since Joe Westfall accomplished a seven-inning no-hitter in 1993. Windle became the first Golden Gopher pitcher since 1931 to throw a nine-inning no hitter. Prior to Windle's complete game on Friday, the last Gopher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter was Walfrid Mattson against Wisconsin on June 3, 1931. With his pitching performance, Windle lowered his ERA to 1.96, holds a 2-1 overall record and has pitched 23 innings.
The Golden Gophers host five games in six days this week. Minnesota welcomes Nebraska Omaha to the Metrodome, Tuesday-Wednesday of this week, while Indiana State comes to town, March 15-17, also at the Dome.
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