NATCHITOCHES – For the first time in nearly three years, a Northwestern State baseball pitcher threw a nine-inning complete game.
And for the first time this season, the Demons have a Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Johnathan Harmon earned his first career award Monday, grabbing the conference honor after spinning a complete-game, four-hitter in a 2-1 win at New Orleans on Saturday.
Harmon became the first Demon to go all nine innings in a game since Nathan Jones did so on April 27, 2019, at Stephen F. Austin.
A 6-foot-5 sophomore right-hander from Hornbeck, Harmon became the first Demon named SLC Pitcher of the Week since Levi David earned the award on April 5, 2021.
Harmon (3-2) notched his first complete game in his 23rd career start, tying a career high by throwing 105 pitches. He became the first Demon starting pitcher to record an out in either the eighth or ninth inning this season while holding New Orleans to a .133 batting average. The Privateers came into the weekend hitting .276 and had recorded 14 hits in the series opener before Harmon throttled them.
Following Sunday’s games, Harmon leads the conference in ERA (1.72) and owns the lone complete game by any Southland pitcher this season.
The Demons return to action Friday when they host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the opener of a three-game Southland Conference series at Brown-Stroud Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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