Monday April 28, 2014UF Baseball's Aaron Rhodes Named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week
Sophomore right-hander Aaron Rhodes (Venice, Fla.) was chosen as one of Louisville Slugger’s National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball on Monday for the initial time in his career after tossing a one-hit shutout versus Missouri on Saturday afternoon. He became the first Gator pitcher recognized since Brian Johnson collected the honor on Feb. 28, 2011.
*Tossed a one-hit shutout in his third career start as Florida clinched its weekend series against Missouri on Saturday, 5-0
*Rhodes’ effort was the first complete game of the season for the Gators, as well as the first CG and the first CG shutout for UF since March 30, 2013 (Jonathon Crawford vs. Ole Miss)
*It was the fewest hits allowed in a complete game by a Florida pitcher since Crawford’s no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman in the NCAA Gainesville Regional on June 1, 2012
*Surrendered only a second-inning double and retired the final 18 Missouri hitters of the game
*Matched his career high of six strikeouts and the Tigers were 1-for-27 (.037) against him with two walks
*His previous career-best outing was a six-inning relief stint at Texas A&M on March 22 and his longest start was 5.1 innings versus Georgia on April 19
*Rhodes is 5-2 this year with a 2.08 ERA overall and is 3-1 with 1.84 ERA in league action
Rhodes joined RHP Thomas Eshelman (Cal State Fullerton), 1B Alexander Lee (Radford), LHP Carlos Rodon (NC State) and LF Kurt Wertz (Towson) in being recognized by the publication.
Holding at No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll released this afternoon, the SEC-leading Gators (30-15/15-6 SEC) will face No. 20 Alabama (29-15/13-8 SEC) on Friday at 7:35 p.m. in the opener of a crucial conference series in Tuscaloosa. 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.
Gator Baseball National Players of the Week from Collegiate Baseball
1993 – Doug Brennan & Chris Nelson (March 19)
1994 – Rob Bonnano (March 3)
1996 – Brad Wilkerson (May 27)
2002 – Alex Hart (Feb. 1)
2002 – Keith Ramsey (April 30)
2003 – C.J. Smith (Feb. 10)
2007 – Matt LaPorta (April 2)
2011 – Brian Johnson (Feb. 28)
2012 – Mike Zunino (March 12)
2013 – Zack Powers (Feb. 18)
2014 – Aaron Rhodes (April 28)