SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After throwing the first no-hitter in Sacramento State's Div. I history, senior pitcher Justin Dillon has been named National Pitcher of the Week by four publications and was chosen as Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Pitcher of the Week.
Dillon was named National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Perfect Game, and College Sports Madness and was the first player listed as a national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball.
He also earned WAC Pitcher of the Week honors after throwing the first no-hitter by a WAC pitcher since Fresno State's Greg Gonzalez no-hit Hawaii on April 10, 2010.
On Thursday against Northern Kentucky Dillon issued just one walk and had a career-high 13 strikeouts, facing just two batters over the minimum with a walk in the fifth inning and a Hornet fielding error in the ninth. He was dominant right from the start, striking out the first five batters he faced and not allowing a base runner before NKU second baseman Kyle Colletta drew a two-out walk in the fifth inning.
Dillon struck out at least one batter in six of nine innings, including two strikeouts in the ninth. In all he got 10 ground ball outs, three fly outs, and a soft line out to shortstop to go with his 13 strikeouts.
Dillon had allowed just one hit (a home run) over seven innings in his first start of the season last Saturday against Washington State. Through two outings this year he has allowed just one hit and one run with one walk and 17 strikeouts in 16.0 innings pitched.