After tossing a complete game in his first college start, Maryland baseball pitcher Jason Savacool earned the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week award. He’s the first Terp to receive the honor since Maxwell Costes garnered it three times in 2019.
Savacool was the first Maryland freshman since 2002 to throw an eight- or nine-inning complete game, doing so in a 3-2 win over Michigan State on Sunday. He allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, and six hits while striking out two Spartans.
Baseball America’s Big Ten Preseason Newcomer of the Year also limited a fellow honoree in his start. Savacool held the Big Ten Player of the Week — Michigan State’s Zaid Walker — to just one hit. Walker collected a .462 batting average across the Spartans’ four-game series with the Terps.
Savacool is one of only four Division I freshmen to throw a complete game this season. He’s also the first Maryland pitcher to go the distance since Hunter Parsons did so against Stetson in 2018.
Savacool will next take the rubber this weekend against Rutgers, as Maryland returns home for the first time in 2021.