Iowa’s baseball team has turned plenty of heads this season under first-year coach Rick Heller. And for the third time this year, a Hawkeye has taken home a Big Ten Conference weekly honor.
This time, sophomore pitcher Calvin Matthews was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week by the league and by College Sports Madness.
The honor, which was announced Monday, was the first of Matthews’ career.
The right-handed hurler went the distance for his first career complete game on Friday, leading the Hawkeyes to a 3-2 win over Michigan. He scattered six hits and had a career-best nine strikeouts with no walks.
Matthews is 3-1 with a 1.91 earned run average this season. He has fanned a Big Ten best 41 hitters and only allowed 10 earned runs in 47 innings.
Mathews, a Bloomfield native and graduate of Davis County, is the first Iowa pitcher to garner the accolade since Sasha Kuebel on May 21, 2012. Mathews is the third Hawkeye to earn a weekly honor this season, joining Player of the Week selections Taylor Zeutenhorst and Dan Potempa.
Iowa (15-9, 3-3) returns to action Wednesday at Bradley before hosting Indiana for a three-game series this weekend at Duane Banks Field.