Lundeen Tabbed Horizon League Pitcher of the Week
Monday, May 4, 2015
Lundeen Tabbed Horizon League Pitcher of the Week
Dalton Lundeen was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Monday after blanking the Panthers last Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field. (Avery Davis)

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.