PHILADELPHIA – On the strength of his second complete game win in as many starts, freshman Chris McNulty became the first Penn pitcher to receive Big Five Pitcher of the Week honors this season.
McNulty has been a workhorse for the Quakers this season, leading the team in appearances with 13. Four of those appearances have been starts and the last two have seen him go all nine innings.
McNulty earned his nod as the best pitcher in the Philadelphia over the past seven days for his work not only as a starter but out of the bullpen as well. He began the week by picking up his first collegiate save with a scoreless ninth inning against Big Five foe La Salle. Penn had been trailing, 9-8, in the game and after rallying to claim the lead in the eight, McNulty preserved the 12-9 victory.
Three days later, McNulty did something no freshman Quaker hurler has done since 2007 – pitch a complete game shutout. The last player who donned the Red and Blue to do so was Todd Roth on Mar. 24, 2007 against Columbia. In that game, Roth came within an out of a no-hitter in a seven-inning game. The Quakers defeated the Lions, 12-0, in that game.
On Sunday, McNulty did something even Roth hasn’t done – hold a team scoreless over nine innings. The southpaw stymied the Tigers’ bats, allowing just six hits over the course of the game. More impressively, he did not relinquish a walk while fanning seven hitters. The win was Penn’s second Ivy victory of the season – both of come thanks to the lefty from Bayonne, N.J.
With the nine shutout innings, McNulty extended his scoreless-inning stretch to 13.1 innings over his last three outings.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Chris,” W. Joseph Blood Head Coach of Baseball John Cole said. “He came through with a gutty performance with great command. The great thing about Chris is that he is rapidly improving from week to week.”
McNulty is the third player to be honored by the Big Five this season. Jeremy Maas (Mar. 9) and Dan Williams (Mar. 16) were named Big Five Player of the Week earlier in 2009.
The Quakers are back on the field on Wednesday at Lehigh at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader.