Just days after earning his second Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week honor of the season, University of Evansville left-hander Kyle Freeland has been named CollegeBaseballInsider.com’s Central Region Player of the Week. In addition, the Aces were named an honorable mention CBI Team of the Week after going 3-1, beating Ohio Valley Conference leader Austin Peay before taking two of three at first-place Missouri State in MVC play.
Freeland, a native of Denver, Colo., out-dueled Baseball America’s top prospect of the MVC and foiled the league’s top conference hitting team, as he tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout with a career-high 11 strikeouts in Evansville’s 1-0 rubber match victory over Missouri State.
Freeland had a no-hitter going into the ninth inning, and limited MSU to just three base runners in the game, facing 29 batters. From the second to the eighth, the southpaw sat down 17 consecutive Bears, and had six perfect sides in his fourth win of the season and second complete game shutout in Valley play.
On the season, Freeland owns a 4-5 record, 4.40 ERA, 58 strikeouts and just 19 walks.
The Aces (30-23, 9-9 MVC) wrap up the regular season this week, welcoming Illinois State to Braun Stadium for a three-game Valley series that begins Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. CT.