HAMMOND, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest baseball senior right hander Matt Sandoval earned his first career Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week award, as released by the conference Tuesday.


Sandoval (Highland, Ind./Highland), a 6-foot-1 senior for the Pride, had a stellar week for PNW, picking up his fifth win of the year in a complete-game, two-hit shutout against St. Ambrose April 4. He struck out nine batters in the contest.


He later earned his first save of the year in a 7-6 win at Trinity Christian April 8, retiring Troll batters 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning — striking out one — to seal the win and the series for PNW.


On the year, Sandoval is 5-1 with a 1.02 ERA which ranks first in the CCAC: the next closest to the senior is St. Xavier’s Tyler Hebel, who carries a 2.40 ERA.


The award also marks the first CCAC weekly honor in PNW baseball history.


The Pride (14-13) return to action Wednesday, when they travel to CCAC foe Roosevelt (Ill.) for a 1 p.m. CT twin bill in Chicago.