June 5, 2013
Pitcher Luke Farrell has been a dominant force on the mound for the Wildcats during his career. He has led his Northwestern team in most pitching categories, including wins, strikeouts and innings pitched over the last three seasons and has established himself as one of the all-time greats to ever wear a Wildcat uniform.
Farrell was one of the top pitchers in the Big Ten during the 2013 campaign, and he was recognized as such with a second team All-Big Ten selection. His season-long performance was one of the best by a Northwestern pitcher in a long time. Farrell finished with a 2.13 ERA, the fourth-lowest in the conference, and struck out a career-high 81 hitters. Opponents hit just .218 against him during the season, making him one of the toughest pitchers to hit against in the Big Ten.
He earned two Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors in a span of three weeks during Big Ten play, highlighted by a complete-game shutout of Michigan at Wrigley Field on April 20.
Luke excels in the classroom as well, capturing three Academic All-Big Ten awards for his performance while pursuing a communication studies degree with a minor in business institutions.