Feb. 25, 2013
Nashville, Tenn. -
Vanderbilt sophomore Philip Pfeifer earned Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for his first two career starts last week.
Pfeifer dominated in both outings turning in 6.2 innings at Belmont in his first career start on Tuesday. The lefty punched out a career-best 10 batters to become the first Commodore since Taylor Hill in 2011 to fan at least 10 hitters. Pfeifer allowed only one run on four hits to top the Bruins. Just five days later on Sunday Pfeifer was back on the bump for the No. 2 Commodores and dominating again. The sophomore from Knoxville, Tenn. allowed only one unearned run on two hits to go along with six more strikeouts over six innings to beat Monmouth. For the week, Pfeifer went 2-0 allowing only two runs, one earned, on six hits with four walks and 16 strikeouts.
The SEC Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for the Commodores since Grayson Garvin earned the accolade in March of 2011. Garvin went on to join David Price as the only Commodores to win SEC Pitcher of the Year.
Vanderbilt returns to the field tomorrow at 4 p.m. against Arkansas State. Freshman Walker Buehler is scheduled to start for the home team against Red Wolves' right-hander Bradley Wallace. Evansville visits Hawkins Field on Wednesday at 4 p.m. before the Dores welcome Illinois-Chicago to town for a three-game series beginning Friday.