Indiana State Freshman Ryan Keaffaber MVC Pitcher Of Week For Second Time
April 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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ST. LOUIS – Indiana State’s left handed pitcher Ryan Keaffaber was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week by the league office today (Monday). This is his second honor this season and comes as the young hurler picked up two wins last week.
Through the first half of the season, Keaffaber (Wabash, Ind.) has been the Indiana State closer, recording eight saves to lead the Missouri Valley Conference. This week he recorded the first two victories of his Sycamore career, the first one in his second start of the season and the second coming in long relief of starter Kurt Kudrecki.
Keaffaber finished the week 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out 10 and walking two in 14.0 innings of work. He was the starter against Eastern Illinois last Tuesday and went 7.2 strong innings in allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking one.
Sunday he was called upon in a relief role after Canisius scored four runs in the second off Kudrecki. The freshman was up to the task, retiring 18 of the 22 batters he faced including nine straight and 15 of the final 16. He did not allow a run or a hit in 6.1 innings of work while striking out four and walking one as Indiana State rallied for the win.
This is the second time this season that Keaffaber has been named MVC Pitcher of the Week and it is the second straight week that an Indiana State pitcher has been honored. Keaffaber was honored on Feb.17 following his first weekend of action as a Sycamore in the Snowbird Classic where he had a pair of saves. Junior David Stagg was honored Apr. 14 for his no-hit shutout of Southern Illinois even though he did not get the win.
Keaffaber leads the MVC in saves (8) which is also 24th best in the nation.
Indiana State junior left fielder Connor McClain (Waterloo, Iowa) was recognized as a Noteworthy Player of the Week nominee.
McClain played in all four games this past week and started three, leading the Indiana State Sycamores with a .600 batting average (6-of-10) with three doubles, five RBI, and nine total bases. He also had a .900 slugging percentage, was 1-of-1 in stolen bases and had six put outs without an error. He also led the team this week in on base percentage at .667.
McClain has now hit safely in five straight games and has a six game streak of reaching base safely. The junior had a streak of five straight hits including a 4-for-4 performance against Canisius on Saturday with two doubles and two RBI as he ignited an Indiana State rally that fell just short of a win.