Named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week
sophomore left-hander Jeremy Sowers was named Southeastern
Conference Pitcher of the Week announced Monday by the league
Sowers scattered five hits, struck out 11 batters and allowed
one earned run in seven innings in Vanderbilt’s 2-1
victory over then-No. 13 Florida on Friday. The Commodores
went on to sweep the three-game series from Florida and pull
into a three-way tie for second place in the SEC Eastern Division.
The victory was Sowers’ first of the season in eight
starts. All of his five hits allowed were singles with the
exception of a C.J. Smith solo home run in the sixth inning.
He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last
five starts. Sowers’ double-digit strikeout total was
the third of the season and six of his career (24 appearances
with 21 starts).
Sowers enters this week leading all SEC pitchers with 70
strikeouts on the season. In four league starts, he owns a
1.93 ERA with 34 strikeouts, only seven walks and seven runs
(six earned) in 28 innings.
It marks the second time that Sowers has earned the SEC’s
weekly pitching award. He grabbed SEC Pitcher of the Week
honors on February 25, 2001 after he struck out 10 batters
and scattered four hits in his college debut, a 6-5 victory
The award is Vanderbilt’s fifth since 1987 when the
conference started honoring both a position player and pitcher
each week. Last year, Sowers was the first Commodore pitcher
to garner recognition since Phillip Haigler earned the award
for the week of April, 29, 1996. Mike McLochlin (April 24,
1989) and Scott Newell (April 13, 1992) were Vanderbilt’s