Originally published on March 26, 2012 on MUTIGERS.com
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou southpaw Blake Holovach (Overland Park, Kan.) has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon (March 26). The honor for Holovach is the first Big 12 weekly honor in his career and the second for the Tigers this season after Dane Opel (Edwardsville, Ill.) earned Big 12 Player of the Week following the Tigers' season-opening series win at Auburn.
Holovach was the Tigers' Saturday starter in their Big 12-opening series against Oklahoma State and he turned in another gem. He finished one out away from his second consecutive complete game as he went 8.2 innings, allowing just one unearned run on five hits and two walks. He extended his shutout streak to 15.2 innings before the Cowboys tagged him with an unearned run in the seventh inning of the Tigers' 4-1 win at Taylor Stadium. He struck out four batters in the start.
After starting the season and struggling in the bullpen, Holovach has been one of the nation's top pitchers this season as he is 4-0 with a 0.61 ERA in four starts since being moved to the weekend rotation. He has thrown 29.1 innings in those four starts, striking out 20 and walking just seven. He is holding opposing batters to a .163 batting average as a starter and owns a WHIP of 0.92 and has allowed just 17 hits in 29.1 innings of work. In fact, Holovach has not surrendered an earned run in his last 17.2 innings of work, the longest active streak in the Big 12 and the second-longest by any Big 12 pitcher this season.
Overall, Holovach is sixth in the Big 12 in ERA (1.97), third in wins (four) and eighth in opposing batting average (.217). Holovach and the Tigers will return to action this week at Taylor Stadium as they host Central Arkansas in a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday. The games are set for 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.