Georgia junior right-hander Tony Locey has been named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
A 6-3, 235-pound native of Columbus, Ga., Locey combined on a one-hitter in a 3-1 series-clinching victory over No. 5 Vanderbilt this past Sunday. He matched his career high with seven innings pitched in shutting down one of the nation’s top offenses, allowing just a double in the fifth inning. Locey struck out five and held the Commodores to a .045 batting average while improving to 5-0 on the year with a 2.18 ERA. Bulldog Zac Kristofak pitched the final two innings Sunday for his second save. Locey has been a part of two combined one-hitters this season for the Bulldogs, pitching seven innings in both of them.
The Bulldogs lead the nation in Fewest Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings at 5.8 and rank eighth in Earned Run Average at 2.85. Locey ranks eighth nationally in Fewest Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings at 4.17.
Locey, along with Alabama’s Sam Finnerty and Dough Nikhazy (Ole Miss), were the pitchers honored by the SEC while Josh Smith (LSU) was the Player of the Week. Finnerty tossed his first complete game shutout to beat South Carolina for Co-SEC Pitcher of the Week honors with Locey while Nikhazy was tabbed Freshman of the Week.
Georgia (27-6), now ranked No. 2 in the latest D1Baseball.com top 25 poll as well as The USA TODAY Sports Top 25 baseball coaches poll, returns to action Tuesday when it plays host to No. 17 Georgia Tech (22-10). First pitch at Foley Field is slated for 7:02 p.m. and be televised by the SEC Network and available via the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.