For the third time in his career, Alex Wood has been named SEC Pitcher of the Week.
May 7, 2012
ATHENS----Georgia redshirt sophomore Alex Wood has been named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday.
It marks the second time Wood has been honored by the league this season, and third time overall in the career of the 6-4, 220-pound left-hander from Charlotte, N.C. This past Friday, Wood led Georgia to a 5-2 win over the league’s top hitting team, the Auburn Tigers. Wood tossed eight innings and registered 10 strikeouts to improve to 6-1 with a 2.64 ERA. In 81.2 innings pitched, he has recorded 81 strikeouts and only 19 walks. With his latest victory, Wood is 3-0 with a 2.67 ERA in SEC action.
In March, Wood was tabbed as the SEC Pitcher of the Week following a combined shutout of Western Illinois where he tallied a career-high 14 strikeouts and no walks in eight innings. Last year, he earned the SEC honor for the first time after beating 10th-ranked UCLA in Los Angeles when he was matched up against the Bruins ace and eventual number one overall draft pick in the Major League Baseball draft, Gerrit Cole. Both pitchers carried a shutout to the seventh in that classic duel, and the Bulldogs would go on to post a 6-2 victory as Wood struck out 11.
Following’s Woods performance last Friday, Georgia went on to sweep the Tigers and even its SEC record to 12-12 and 28-20 overall. The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday in Atlanta against Georgia Tech at 7:05 p.m. (CSS). It will be the rubber game of the three-game series this year. Also, Georgia plays host to third-ranked South Carolina (36-12, 16-8 SEC) Friday in the first of a three-game SEC series at Foley Field. The Gamecocks and LSU are co-leaders in the SEC with two weekends left in the regular season.