Shaffer Named Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – University of Maryland sophomore right hander Brian Shaffer was named Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Shaffer dazzled at then No. 23 Cal State Fullerton on Sunday with a complete game shutout on just 99 pitches, 70 of those thrown for strikes. He struck out five and did not walk a batter while retiring 11 straight between the third and the sixth innings.

The Pylesville, Md., native allowed seven hits, but let just three runners advance past first for the game. His complete game eclipsed his previous high in innings pitched (7 IP). He now ranked 12th in the Big Ten in opposing batting average (.226) and t-14 in innings pitched (28.2).

Shaffer’s 99-pitch complete game was Maryland’s first under 100 pitched since Jake Stinnett tossed a no hitter against UMass in 2014. It marked the first time Cal State Fullerton had been shutout at home on a Sunday since April 14, 2013 and Shaffer is just one of five players in the country to have thrown a complete game shutout against a current member of the top-25 poll this season.

After the start, Shaffer now holds a 2.83 ERA with 19 strikeouts to just five walks. He is a members of at Maryland starting rotation that contains three pitchers with two wins and an under 3.00 ERA.

He shares the honor with Caleb Barager of Indiana. Shaffer and the Terps return to action Tuesday against Liberty. First pitch from Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium is set for 6 p.m.

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