Starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen (Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood) was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Monday following his three-hit shutout of the Milwaukee Panthers last Friday. The junior punched out five batters opposite one walk in the Crusaders' 6-0 series-opening victory at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Lundeen pitched with little margin for error in Friday's outing. Spencer Mahoney (La Grange Park, Ill./Lyons Township) launched a first-inning homer to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead but it remained a one-run game until Valpo tacked on five runs in the bottom of the eighth. Meanwhile, Lundeen allowed just one Panther to reach base - a walk to Mitch Ghelfi - after the visitor's half of the fourth. 83 of his 117 pitches were strikes.
The shutout was the first of the nine-inning variety for the 2014 Horizon League Co-Pitcher of the Year. He spun a four-hit shutout in a seven-inning contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi back on March 8th of last year. Lundeen came within an out of the feat versus Oakland in the Horizon League Championship last May, but exited after 8 2/3 scoreless innings.
Lundeen will go for his third consecutive five-win season this Friday versus Youngstown State. He's 4-0 with a 2.18 earned-run average in six career starts against the Penguins.