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After setting a career high in strikeouts Friday evening, Hawkeyes right-hander Nick Gallagher was named the Big Ten pitcher of the week, the league announced Monday afternoon.

Gallagher struck out 10 in Friday’s 4-2 series-opening win over Penn State, giving up just one earned run in eight innings. He yielded just three hits and zero walks as Iowa swept the Nittany Lions to move into a third-place tie in the Big Ten.

Gallagher has been Iowa’s clear-cut ace all season, producing a 6-1 record and a 2.42 ERA over 63⅓ innings. Friday marked the Iowa City West product’s seventh quality start this season.

Gallagher is the fourth Hawkeye to earn a Big Ten weekly distinction in 2017. Mason McCoy and Jake Adams earned player of the week honors on Feb. 27 and March 6, respectively, while Zach Daniels was the pitcher of the week on March 27.

The Hawkeyes (27-15) return to action Tuesday at Western Illinois before heading to Michigan State over the weekend.

Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.