GREENWOOD, IN - Hanover College's Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind./H.S.) has earned the first NCAA Division III National Pitcher of the Week honor for 2012, covering games of February 26-March 4, as voted on by a panel of D-III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Hunnicutt, a sophomore right-hander for the Panthers, tossed the fifth no-hitter in Hanover history and was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.
He tossed a seven-inning, complete game no-hitter to lead HC to a 7-0 win over Milwaukee School of Engineering in the season opener. In the contest, Hunnicutt struck out seven and walked only one. It was Hanover's first no-hitter since 1989.
He followed that performance with a no-decision against Cornell (IA), allowing six hits with three runs and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work as the Panthers earned a 16-3 victory.
For the week, he was 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA, striking out 11 in 11.1 innings.
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