Indiana State's David Stagg Named MVC Pitcher Of Week
April 14, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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ST. LOUIS – Indiana State junior left handed pitcher David Stagg was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week the league office announced on Monday. Stagg is the second Sycamore hurler to garner the honor as freshman reliever Ryan Keaffaber was named the MVC Pitcher of the Week on February 17.
Rare is it that a pitcher throws a no-hit shut-out. Rarer even still is the pitcher who throws a no-hit shut-out and still does not get the win. That was the case for Stagg (5-2) who allowed just five base runners (three walks, a hit batter, and a fielder’s choice) in nine complete innings of work against Southern Illinois last Friday.
Stagg retired the first five before hitting a batter in the second. The junior then retired 11 straight before he issued a pair of walks in the sixth but neither of those runners advanced past first as Stagg picked off the first (seventh pickoff of season) and then got the next batter to fly out to right.
He retired four straight before issuing one more walk in the eighth but the Sycamore lefty turned an attempted sacrifice bunt into a fielder’s choice as he scooped up the ball and threw to second for the out. He closed out his night by retiring the last five batters he faced.
Stagg leads the Sycamores with a 2.12 ERA with a 5-2 record with two no decisions in nine games started this season. He has recorded a team high 58 strikeouts and has allowed just 15 runs in 59.1 innings of work.
Indiana State (23-10) will take a break from Missouri Valley Conference action this week as they play their next games on the road beginning with a 4 p.m. (ET) contest Tuesday at Eastern Illinois (11-24). The Sycamores will also play a three-game set at Canisius College (23-10) over the weekend.