Junior Taylor Nawrocki was named the Mid-American Conference’s West Division Pitcher of the Week after his 8.1-inning shutout effort Sunday, March 18, over Illinois, the conference announced this morning.
Nawrocki, a native of Fairmont, Minn. and a transfer from North Iowa Area Community College, totaled 8.1 innings against the Fighting Illini, striking out four and walking three, while only allowing six hits to the defending Big Ten Champion and NCAA Regional qualifier. He has not given up an earned run in 14-consecutive innings.
So far in 2012, Nawrocki owns a 1-1 record in six appearances and four starts, pitching a total of 24 innings, the third most on the team.
He owns a 5.25 ERA this season, the top-mark among the NIU starting pitching rotation, while striking out 13 and walking 20. He also owns the lowest opponents batting average amongst the Huskies starting pitchers (.284).
It is the Cardinal and Black’s first honor of the season and the last award since Jeremy Gonzales earned the distinction April 11, 2011, for his complete game shutout over Miami (Ohio).