Harris Named MVC Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 24, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - After turning in the first complete-game shutout of his Missouri State career Saturday at the Lobo Invite, sophomore hurler Jon Harris has earned Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week recognition, the league office announced Monday.
Harris tossed a five-hit shutout to lift the Bears to an 11-0 victory over Northern Illinois Saturday as part of a 3-1 weekend for MSU in Albuquerque. He needed just 94 pitches to finish the first nine-inning shutout of his MSU career, fanning four and walking just one NIU batter in a contest that took only two hours and seven minutes to complete. The Florissant, Mo., native permitted just five singles and only three baserunners after the second inning. Harris wrapped up his ninth career victory by retiring the last eight NIU batters he faced in the first complete-game shutout for a Bears pitcher since Nick Petree's two-hit blanking of Indiana State on March 29, 2013.
The weekly Valley honor is the first for Harris, who earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America recognition in 2013, and the first for a Missouri State pitcher since Petree claimed the same honor last. Through two starts this season, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 0.66 earned run average after yielding just one run through 13.2 innings.
Missouri State (5-2) concludes its eight-game season-opening road swing Tuesday (Feb. 25) with a 3 p.m. game against Oral Roberts in Tulsa. The Bears open the home portion of the schedule Friday (Feb. 28) at Hammons Field with a 3:05 p.m. contest versus Purdue.