Breedlove One of Two Big Ten Pitchers on Initial Pitcher of the Year Watch List

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Highlighted by two shutout performances, Lance Breedlove won each of his first four starts.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Highlighted by two shutout performances, Lance Breedlove won each of his first four starts.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 24, 2012


Complete Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Purdue baseball's Lance Breedlove was among the 51 pitchers nationally named to the initial Pitcher of the Year Watch List. The Pitcher of the Year Award is presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame and honors the nation's top performer on the mound.

Minnesota's TJ Oakes and Breedlove represented the Big Ten Conference on the initial list.

The winner of the Pitcher of the Year Award will be announced on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions. The event features the presentation of numerous awards and the induction ceremony for this year's Hall of Fame class.

Breedlove has helped lead the Boilers to 32-6 record, serving as the team's No. 2 starter on weekends. He has been named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times, becoming the first pitcher in program history to accomplish the feat. He's also the first pitcher in the Big Ten to be honored three times in the same season since 2009.

Breedlove's six victories have been highlighted by shutout performances against Cincinnati, Penn State and Illinois. He struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings of shutout ball in his season-opening start against Cincinnati. He fanned 10 in a complete-game performance at Ohio State March 24.

The senior right-hander took a perfect game into the seventh inning of his two-hit complete game shutout of Penn State March 31, retiring 27 of the 29 batters he faced that day. In his next home start he worked 7 2/3 shutout innings against Illinois. Dating back to May 2011, he has pitched 26 consecutive scoreless innings at Purdue's Lambert Field.

In his first four Big Ten starts, Breedlove either shutout the opposition or did not surrender a run until his final inning. He earned the victory in all four starts.

The Long Beach, Calif., native has recorded 55 strikeouts versus only eight walks to go along with a 2.74 ERA and .244 batting average against.

Breedlove joins Kevin Plawecki (Johnny Bench Award) and Nick Wittgren (Stopper of the Year) as Boilers on watch lists for prominent national awards. Cameron Perkins was also featured in the Golden Spikes Award spotlight series. The official list for that award will be released later this spring.