By: Burke Granger
Robert Tyler was brilliant on Friday night. Hosting Alabama in Athens, Tyler took a no-hitter into the 9th inning before losing it and his shutout with two outs when pinch hitter Georgie Salem (who’s hitting .174) homered. Tyler would eventually finish out the 7-1 victory for his 3rd win of the season. Tyler’s line was 9IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 9K.
Other Notes Around The Nation
Dakota Hudson’s stock continues to rise. Pitching against intrastate rival Ole Miss, the Mississippi State ace shut down the Rebels by going the distance, giving up just 4 hits, 1 unearned run, while walking none and striking out 11. On the season, Hudson is now 4-1, 0.92 ERA, 10.36 K/9, and a .187 batting average against.
South Carolina right hander Braden Webb is a rare draft-eligible freshman. As a high school draft prospect in 2014, Webb injured his arm and required Tommy John surgery. Webb took all of 2015 off to work out and rehab, but he was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 38th round of the draft that June. Following though on his commitment to South Carolina, Webb has stepped into the Friday role. This weekend against a stout Vanderbilt lineup, Webb produced a line of 8IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 11K. Webb improved to 6-1 on the season and has an impressive 1.70 ERA. Webb showed a good feel for his fastball (91-93) and curveball against Vanderbilt, and if he can improve upon his 4.68 BB/9, he could be a first day selection in June. Also notable is that Webb licks his fingers more than any pitcher I’ve ever seen. This habit continues even while Webb has been lifted from the game and goes well into the post game handshake.
Florida was the unanimous preseason top team in the Nation, and held that ranking until they traveled to Lexington and dropped two of three to Kentucky. The schedule didn’t get any easier for the Gators as they hosted the new #1, Texas A&M Aggies. All Florida did was sweep Texas A&M which will undoubtedly vault them right back to the top spot.
Florida got a huge lift from their first baseman Peter Alonso who had multiple hits in each of game of the series, including 4 on Saturday. For the weekend, Alonso had 8 hits and knocked in 5 runs. Florida did get a bit of a scare on Sunday, when A.J. Puk left the game one pitch into the second inning of his start. Early reports are that he had some tightness in his back and that he’ll be fine, but certainly this warrants monitoring. Puk entered the season considered the top college prospect by many, however he hasn’t looked as sharp as some of this other teammates perhaps prompting a move to the Sunday role for the Aggie series.