April 15, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior Chris Cullen (Tecumseh, Ontario/St. Anne) has been named Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week after throwing a two-hit shutout against Ohio State on Sunday, April 13. It is the first weekly honor of his career and the first for a Spartan player this season. He shares this week's recognition with Northwestern's Joe Muraski. The Big Ten office made the announcement Tuesday, April 15.
Cullen pitched all eight innings in MSU's 1-0 win over the Buckeyes, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five. Only six OSU baserunners reached safely the entire game, and all six were left stranded. It was his only appearance of the week.
"This is a much deserved award for Chris," head coach David Grewe said. "He is a special kid that is having a special year. I am very proud of his senior campaign."
It was the first shutout of the season for the MSU pitching staff, and just the sixth thrown by a Big Ten pitcher this season. The last Spartan pitcher to throw a shutout was John Dwan, who blanked Purdue on April 9, 2007.
For the season, Cullen is 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA. He has 25 strikeouts against just 15 walks and is holding opponents to a .219 batting average.
MSU hosts Central Michigan at Oldsmobile Park on Wednesday, April 16 at 5:05 p.m. The midweek game is a tuneup for the Spartans' four-game series against Michigan this weekend. Game one is set for Friday, April 18 at 6:35 p.m. It will be carried live by the Big Ten Network.