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Iowa baseball’s Grant Judkins named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

Grant Judkins’ hot pitching fueled Iowa baseball’s upset win over No. 18 Arizona over the weekend.

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Iowa baseball looked sharp against No. 18 Arizona thanks in part to Grant Judkins stellar pitching.
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Hawkeye baseball’s Grant Judkins was on fire against No. 18 Arizona on Feb. 22, and the conference recognized his efforts on Monday, naming him the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.

Judkins, a right-handed pitcher from Pella, Iowa, threw six innings in Iowa’s 4-1 win. The senior held Arizona scoreless while on the mound, allowing just a pair of hits. Judkins also struck out six batters.

“We had a tremendous start from Grant and we beat a good team with some big-time hitters,” Iowa head coach Rick Heller said in a release following the win.

Monday marks the second time Judkins won Big Ten Pitcher of the Week. The conference recognized him last season on Feb. 19, 2019.

Hawkeye baseball sits at 3-3 this season. The win over Arizona was Iowa’s lone victory of the weekend, as it fell to both San Diego and San Diego State in the Tony Gwynn Legacy Tournament.

Judkins and the rest of the Hawkeyes travel to Minneapolis for the Cambria College Classic this weekend. Iowa faces N.C. State, North Carolina, and Duke in its three-game weekend. Judkins, who’s started both Saturdays so far this season, will more than likely see his name in the starting lineup against the Tar Heels.