Missouri pitcher earns Big 12 honors

Monday, March 26, 2012 | 7:11 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Missouri pitcher Blake Holovach, a left-handed junior, has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.

Holovach was the starter Saturday in the Tigers' second game of their Big 12 Conference series against Oklahoma State. He finished one out away from his second consecutive complete game, going 8 2/3 innings, allowing just one unearned run on five hits and two walks. He extended his shutout streak to 15.2 innings before the Cowboys scored an unearned run in the seventh inning of the Tigers' 4-1 win at Taylor Stadium. He struck out four batters.

After struggling in the bullpen to start the season, Holovach has been one of the nation's top pitchers. He is 4-0 with a 0.61 ERA in four starts since being moved to the weekend rotation. He is holding opposing batters to a .163 batting average as a starter and has allowed just 17 hits in 29.1 innings of work.

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