PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior lefty Shaun Parker (Westampton, NJ) has earned the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week award in the final week of the season. The award, Parker’s first of the season, is shared with St. John’s Joe Reid. Notre Dame’s Steve Sollman received Player of the Week honors.
With a steady rain falling, Parker took the mound for RU’s second game vs. Villanova, with the Scarlet Knights needing a win to secure the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship. Five innings later, when the umpires ended the game, Parker had not allowed a hit while leading Rutgers to a 9-0 win over the Wildcats and its third BIG EAST Regular Season crown in the last six seasons.
Parker held Villanova hitless with the help of two key defensive plays – a leaping catch in right field by Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) and a slow roller groundout handled by shortstop Mike Bionde (Pompton Plains, NJ). Other than that, Parker was dominant, striking out seven while retiring 11 of the last 12 hitters he faced. He walked three batters, the only blemishes on his fourth win of the season.
Parker is 4-2 overall with a 4.60 ERA. In 74.1 innings of work, he has allowed 74 hits while striking out 51. Opponents are hitting .262 against him. In BIG EAST play, Parker is 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA. He has allowed just 36 hits in 46.0 innings, holding opponents to a .217 batting average.
Parker is slated to start RU’s second game in the BIG EAST Tournament – with a win on Thursday vs. Virginia Tech, Parker would start against the winner of the West Virginia-Notre Dame game, while with a loss, he would face the loser of that contest.