EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ Michigan State senior right-hander Tony Bucciferro has been named the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week, the conference office Monday afternoon.
Bucciferro earned the win over No. 11 St. Johnâ€™s in MSUâ€™s season-opening 11-4 victory over the Red Storm last Friday at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. The Joliet, Ill., native retired the first 13 batters he faced and only allowed one hit in six innings. He also recorded six strikeouts and didnâ€™t surrender a walk.
â€œThat was as good of a performance by Tony since he's been here," MSU head coach Jake Boss said following the game. "He threw strikes, located all of his pitches, and was in charge the entire time he was out there."
The win was Bucciferroâ€™s 21st of his career, moving him into a tie for sixth place in Michigan State history, along with Ron Perranoski. Bucciferro also ranks among MSUâ€™s all-time leaders in innings pitched (fifth with 267.0) and strikeouts (sixth with 185).
This marks the second time of Bucciferroâ€™s career he has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week. He earned the award last season on April 11 after throwing his third career complete game shutout in a win over Minnesota.
Michigan State (1-2) returns to action next weekend for the First Pitch Invitational (Feb. 24-26) in Greenville, S.C. The Spartans will play Miami-Ohio and Furman twice at the event, which is being held at Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive.