Fifth-year senior Ellis Foreman (Round Rock, Texas / Stony Point) made his first start of the season one to remember on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Foreman shut down perennial Horizon League powerhouse Wright State to the tune of a complete game shutout – scattering seven hits, racking up 11 strikeouts and issuing no walks in Valpo’s most impressive pitching performance of the season. He earned the win to up his record to 2-1 on the year as the Crusaders knocked off the Raiders 9-0.
This wasn’t the first time Foreman had an impressive outing against the Raiders, as he held them scoreless over nine innings on May 11, 2014 while also striking out 11, but Wright State won that game 1-0 in 12 innings. Sunday’s outing was Foreman’s first career complete game.
Foreman also became the first Valpo pitcher to go the distance in a start this season. He became the first Crusader to achieve a complete game shutout since Dalton Lundeen on May 19 of last season against Youngstown State. He is also the first Crusader to win league Pitcher of the Week honors since Lundeen following that performance.
Foreman previously won the Pitcher of the Week award on May 16, 2016 after throwing eight scoreless frames against Oakland. This is his third career Pitcher of the Week distinction as he also won following his aforementioned performance against Wright State in 2014.
The Crusaders visit Notre Dame on Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. CT. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.