Florida Gators junior pitcher Alex Faedo was named SEC Pitcher of the Week.
You wouldn’t have known it watching Faedo scream into his mitt after he was taken out with two outs in the top of the ninth but Faedo was exiting a gem. The junior was quick to note that that he does have a complete game under his belt, “a cheap 7-inning one” he recalled about his performance last year against Mississippi State in the 2016 SEC Tournament.
Faedo threw 8.2 innings against South Carolina, striking out 9 to just 3 hits allowed and the Gamecocks only had one runner advance to third base during the start. He held the Gamecocks scoreless before Michael Byrne picked up the 27th out for a Thursday night series-opening win.
This is the second SEC Pitcher of the Week Honor for Faedo. The junior picked up his first honor after a similar 8.2 IP performance against Miami in the second weekend of the season.
The Gators have four 1-0 wins this season, three coming in games started by Faedo. On the season Faedo, a sure-fire first round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, has a 6-1 record, 2.47 ERA and a 1.066 WHIP. Opponents are hitting just .206 against him this year.
Faedo will be back on the mound when the Gators travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs this Friday.