Robert Tyler is the latest Bulldog to earn SEC Pitcher of the Week honors.
May 12, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.----University of Georgia freshman Robert Tyler, who pitched a complete game three-hit shutout of No.11 Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday, has been named the SEC Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Tyler pitched his first career complete game against the top offensive team in the conference to pick up a crucial win on the road to keep Georgia in position for qualification to the conference tournament. Tyler became the first Bulldog in eight years to toss a complete game SEC shutout on the road. He did it in front of 8,158 at Swayze Field with no walks and four strikeouts. He allowed a leadoff double in the first and then just two singles the rest of the contest, facing 32 batter overall and holding the Rebels to a .096 batting average.
The 6-4 210-pound freshman from Cordele, Ga., improved to 5-4 on the season while lowering his season ERA to 2.57, the best of any starting pitcher on the club. The performance lowered Tyler's conference ERA to 3.15.
The Bulldogs rode Tyler's performance to a 2-0 win that saw them level the series with the Rebels and collect the team's 25th win of the season. The award signaled the second week a Bulldog has been named SEC Pitcher of the Week. Sophomore Ryan Lawlor shared the award with Mississippi State's Ross Mitchell last week.
Earlier this season, Tyler twice has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week. The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday night in Atlanta against Georgia Tech at Turner Field in the Spring Baseball Classic For Kids that benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.