Monday April 1, 2013UF Baseball's Jonathon Crawford Named SEC Pitcher of the Week For First Time
Florida junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) was chosen as the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday for the first time in his career after twirling a two-hit shutout against No. 11 Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon. He became the first recipient from the Gators since right-hander Hudson Randall garnered the honor on April 4, 2011.
After the Rebels claimed Friday’s opener, 4-3 in 11 innings, Crawford evened the series on Saturday with his best outing of the season. The righty allowed only singles in the fourth and sixth innings, set a season high with eight strikeouts and issued a pair of walks. Ole Miss hitters went 2-for-29 (.069) against Crawford, who went the distance for his second career complete-game and second solo shutout – first since a 4-0 no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman on June 1, 2012 during the NCAA Gainesville Regional.
It was the first complete game by a Florida pitcher this season, the Gators’ first shutout and marked the first time the Rebels were held scoreless in 2013. Crawford (1-4, 4.46) leads UF with 34 strikeouts in 42.1 innings this year. The Orange and Blue captured the series with a 4-0 victory in Sunday’s rubber game.
Florida hosts UCF (18-11/4-2 C-USA) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at McKethan Stadium. The game will be carried live on FOX Sports Florida with Nick Belmonte and Mick Hubert, while Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell will call the action on the Gator IMG Sports Network. Live stats will be available on GatorZone.com and fans can also follow updates of each game on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball team.