Shaffer, Blohm Pick Up Big Ten Honors

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior right-handed pitcher Brian Shaffer and freshman left-handed pitcher Tyler Blohm earned Big Ten weekly plaudits, the conference announced Monday. Shaffer was named the conference Pitcher of the Week, while Blohm nabbed Co-Freshman of the Week honors for the second consecutive week.

Shaffer was spectacular in his Friday starter against Princeton, tossing eight innings of shutout ball while allowing just three hits and setting a new career high of 10 strikeouts. The Pylesville, Md., native at one point retired 17 consecutive Tigers.

The win marks Shaffer’s second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award. His start against Cal State Fullerton that earned him the award in 2016 came a year ago today. He is ranked first in the Big Ten in strikeouts (38) and innings pitched (33.2), and is second in ERA (1.65).

Blohm continued his recent run of dominance on Sunday against the Tigers, striking out a career-high eight batters over a career-high seven innings. The Severna Park, Md., native took a no hitter into the fifth and has gone 13 and two thirds consecutive innings without giving up a run.

Blohm is the first player in Maryland history to win a conference weekly honor in consecutive weeks. He shared the award with Purdue’s Skyler Hunter. The freshman has the third-best ERA in the Big Ten (1.78) and is tied for the conference lead in wins (4).

Maryland returns to action with two midweek contests at UNC Wilmington on Tuesday (4 p.m.) and Wednesday (3:30 p.m.). Coverage of both games can be heard on the Maryland Baseball Network.