Illinois State’s Matt Walker has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week following his victory Friday over then-No. 12 Missouri State at Duffy Bass Field, the league announced Monday.
Walker, a freshman, allowed one hit over six scoreless innings in the Redbirds’ 8-4 win over the Bears, spoiling Missouri State's quest to go through league play undefeated. Missouri State was the only remaining Division I team without a conference loss.
Walker walked two, struck out four and threw 84 pitches in the first collegiate victory. The No. 8 seeded Redbirds open play in the MVC Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against No. 1 seed Missouri State at Springfield, Mo.