Sophomore Emily Lockman was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday. The award is the first of her career for Lockman, who was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week in 2013.
Lockman was honored following an outstanding weekend at the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic. The right-hander appeared in four of Nebraska’s five games last weekend, posting a 3-0 record with two shutouts and a 0.30 ERA. She allowed only one run in 23.0 innings and surrendered just eight hits, as opponents hit a paltry .103 against her. Lockman also struck out 24 batters in her 23.0 innings, while walking only four.
Her weekend began with a one-hit shutout against Army, when she took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. She then threw three scoreless innings of one-hit relief against Stephen F. Austin the next day, before tossing a four-hit shutout against Sam Houston State for her second victory of the weekend. On Sunday, Lockman earned the start and went 6.0 innings in a rematch with the Bearkats, allowing one run on two hits.
On the season, Lockman is 4-1 with a 1.14 ERA in a Big Ten-best 37.0 innings. She has thrown shutouts in three of her five starts, while limiting opponents to a .169 average. Lockman boasts a strikeout-to-walk-ratio of nearly 3-to-1, striking out 30 while walking 11. In addition to being the Big Ten leader in innings pitched, Lockman ranks third in the league in wins, fourth in ERA, fifth in strikeouts and sixth in opponent batting average.
Lockman and the rest of her Husker teammates will be tested this weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. Eleventh-ranked Nebraska will face No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 14 Arizona, No. 2 Tennessee, No. 8 UCLA and Boise State this weekend.