Grinnell, IA -- Austin Padjen, a junior right-handed pitcher for the Beloit College Baseball team from Crystal Lake, Illinois (Prairie Ridge) is the co-honoree for the final Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Week. The recognition was announced by the Conference office on Monday for the week ending May 8.
Padjen shared the honor with Grinnell College's Graham Fisher.
Padjen pitched a complete-game (seven innings) four-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over Ripon College on Sunday to clinch a spot in the this weekend's MWC Tournament for the Bucs and a share of the MWC North Division title. He struck out four and walked one.
On the season he is 5-3 in 59.1 innings with a 3.19 ERA, allowing a .225 opponent batting average.
Beloit goes in to the Tournament at St. Norbert College as the #2 seed in the North Division and will play South Division Champion Grinnell College at 9:45 a.m. on Friday morning in the double elimination format. A win puts them in a winner's bracket game at 1:00 p.m. while a loss has them in an elimination game at 4:00 p.m.