Lyon earns Big Ten honor

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 26, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa sophomore pitcher Chelsea Lyon was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Lyon earned a complete game victory against No. 1 Michigan on April 23, striking out seven and allowing two runs on eight hits. She led the Hawkeyes to their first win over a top-ranked opponent since 2005.

In the fourth inning, Lyon had the bases loaded with no outs. But the Broken Arrow, Okla., native pitched her way out of the jam, forcing a groundout and two strikeouts to end the inning unscathed.

It was her 14th victory of the season.

Earlier in the week, on April 20, Lyon allowed two hits and no earned runs, though she walked in a pair, in a 4-3 victory over Iowa State.

The honor is the first of Lyon's career and the first for an Iowa pitcher this season.

— by Sam Louwagie

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