The No. 16/18 Michigan Wolverines may have seen their eight-game win streak to open the season come to an end Sunday with a loss to Cal State-Northridge 5-2, but junior pitcher Tommy Henry remains dominant.
The Portage, Mich. native was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for a second week in a row after his strong performance in Michigan’s series-opening 2-1 win over the Matadors on Friday in Northridge, Calif. The junior southpaw threw eight shutout innings on Friday, allowing only three hits on the day. Henry opened strong, retiring the first 13 batters he faced and went on to strike out 12.
In 23.0 innings pitched this season, Henry has yet to surrender a run and has struck out 34 batters. His performance at the Citadel on Feb. 22 remains his best of the season. In that game, Henry pitched a complete game shutout, facing only 27 batters while striking out 13 on just 88 pitches.
The award marks Henry’s third of the season after winning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 25) and NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 26) for that performance against The Citadel.
The Wolverines will remain in southern California this week with the university on spring break. Michigan travels to Long Beach State (Mar. 5) UC Irvine (Mar. 7) No. 2 UCLA (Mar. 8) USC (Mar. 9) and wraps up its trip with a game against Oklahoma State inside Dodger Stadium on Mar. 10. in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.
Michigan will open Ray Fisher Stadium for the season with a four-game series against Manhattan starting March 15.