Big Ten Medal of Honor: Francis Brooke, Northwestern Baseball

Northwestern baseball player Francis Brooke

Northwestern baseball player Francis Brooke

Francis Brooke
Northwestern Baseball

Francis Brooke earned four letters as a right-handed pitcher for the Northwestern baseball team. He ranks ninth all-time at NU with 259.2 career innings pitched while his 97 innings pitched in 2012 are the fourth-highest single-season total in program history. His 2.51 ERA this season ranked fifth in the Big Ten was the best mark by a Northwestern starting pitcher since the 1996 season. He also tied for the team high with four complete games and ranked second on the squad with 61 strikeouts this year. He tossed a complete game and struck out a career-high nine batters in a home game against Illinois on April 27. Brooke ranked third in the Big Ten with 60.1 innings pitched and 45 strikeouts in league play. His 18 strikeouts looking against conference foes tied for the Big Ten lead. As a sophomore, he posted a career-high five victories and was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for his performance in a win over Loyola Marymount. He ranked second in the nation in 2010, allowing an average of 0.71 walks per nine innings, as he surrendered just seven free passes in 89.1 innings pitched. Brooke earned Academic All-Big Ten distinction and was bestowed a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar as both a sophomore and a junior.