SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School grad and Villanova freshman left-hander Danny Wilkinson was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week for his work against No. 3 Arizona State in a 2-1 Wildcats win on Saturday.
Wilkinson finished with a line of 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 K, 5 BB, (two intentional) in his first college career appearance on the mound.
The 6-0, 185 lb. lefty was called upon with a runner on third and one out in the 6th inning. He promptly recorded two strikeouts to strand a pair and preserve a 2-1 lead. With two on again in the 7th, he again picked up an inning ending strikeout. A perfect 8th inning set up a dramatic ninth. With two outs, a pinch-hit single, walk, and intentional walk loaded the bases. Wilkinson battled ASU's Trevor Hauver through an eight pitch at-bat that ended with a game-clinching strikeout.
Wilkinson is the first Wildcat to win BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week since 2013 and just the second Villanova freshman to win the award, joining Drew Baylor who earned the honor in 1996. He's the first freshman in the conference to win it since the 2017 season.
VIDEO: Danny Wilkinson talks about his stellar performance vs. ASU here.
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