Minch Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for Second Time

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Jordan Minch struck out six of the first 10 batters he faced against Nebraska.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Jordan Minch struck out six of the first 10 batters he faced against Nebraska.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 22, 2013


Game Two Boxscore: Nebraska 10, Purdue 4

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Jordan Minch struck out a season-high eight over seven innings of one-run ball against Nebraska Saturday evening, earning the lefty Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the second time this season.

Minch surrendered just four hits and two walks, striking out six of the first 10 batters he faced. He worked a trio of 1-2-3 innings. The only run he surrendered came on a leadoff homer in the sixth inning. The Highland, Ind., native gave way to the bullpen with Purdue leading game two of the Alexander Field dedication doubleheader, 3-1. Nebraska scored nine times over the final two innings to rally for a 10-4 victory.

It was Minch's fourth quality start in his last six appearances as a starter. He also was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on March 18 after working six innings of shutout ball in a series-clinching win at Evansville. The lefty joins Michigan pitcher Evan Hill (three times) and Northwestern outfielder/first baseman Zach Jones (twice) as multiple-time Freshman of the Week winners this year.

Minch is one of three Boilers to win Big Ten Freshman of the Week in 2013, with Josh Estill (Feb. 18) and Kyle Johnson (April 1) having also been recognized. The four total honors are equal to Michigan for the most in the league this season.

Johnson hit safely in all three games of the Nebraska series and made two impressive diving catches in center field. Johnson accounted for the fourth of Purdue's four consecutive hits during a three-run rally that gave Minch a 3-0 lead to work with in game two versus the Cornhuskers.

Minch now leads Purdue with 45 strikeouts this season. His eight strikeouts Saturday represented the second-highest single game total for the Boilers this season, ranking only behind Brad Schreiber's nine Ks over 4 2/3 innings in the series finale of the weekend sweep at Penn State.

Purdue hosts Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago for midweek action before traveling to East Lansing this weekend for a three-game series at Michigan State.