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Wake's Connor Johnstone earns ACC Pitcher of the Week award

Wake Forest pitcher Connor Johnstone wins ACC Pitcher of the Week after throwing a complete-game shutout.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After allowing just one hit and one walk through eight innings, Wake Forest starting pitcher Connor Johnstone wanted a chance to finish the job.

“I’m finishing the game,” Johnstone told Wake pitching coach Matt Hobbs before the 9th inning.

The Deacs were up 5-0 over Nicholls in the season-opener in Houston, but allowing a walk to open the 9th complicated matters. A one-out hit by pitch only made things more tenuous.

Johnstone was given one more batter, and he coaxed a 4-6-3 double play to earn the first complete game shutout by a Wake Forest pitcher since 2006.

“I had to get those two outs on the double play,” Johnstone said. “It’s the first complete game in my life.”

He was named ACC Pitcher of the Week Monday because of that historic performance.  

“That was really cool. I didn’t think I would get that, to be honest,” Johnstone said. “That game was a lot of fun. The defense was great. There were a lot of ground balls. They did a great job behind me.”

Johnstone will take the mound for his second start of the season at 4 p.m. Saturday against Southern Cal (4-0).

“I’m going to keep the same approach — just throw strikes and put the infield to work,” he said.  

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