NORMAN – Jake Irvin earned his second weekly conference honor of the season and was named Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. The junior right-hander led the Sooners to a 12-0 shutout win over Kansas State on Friday night.
The Bloomington, Minn., native shared the weekly award with TCU’s Haylen Green. Irvin pitched six-scoreless innings as OU claimed its fifth shutout of the season. Irvin along with Ryan Madden and Zack Matthews combined for a three-hitter to open the series against Kansas State.
Irvin struck out 10 in Friday’s victory, marking the fourth time this season the junior has picked up at least 10 strikeouts in a start. It also marked the first time Irvin recorded back-to-back starts against a conference opponent with 10-plus strikeouts in his OU career.
The award is the second of the year for Irvin and the third earned by a Sooner pitcher this season. Irvin won his first weekly award on April 2. On the season, the junior is 6-1 with a 3.20 ERA and leads the Big 12 with 88 strikeouts.
Irvin joins former Sooners Jonathan Gray and Dillion Overton as the only OU pitchers to win three Big 12 Pitcher of the Week awards during their career since 2012.
OU steps out of conference play this weekend and will travel to UCF for a three-game series starting Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT.