March 4, 2013
For the second consecutive week the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week is a Commodore with junior Kevin Ziomek earning the nod this week.
Ziomek dominated Illinois-Chicago last Friday in Vanderbilt's 9-0 win. The lefty tossed his first career complete game, firing a one-hit shutout with a wintry mix falling during the game. The Amherst, Mass. native struck out at least one in eight of his nine frames and had two strikeouts or more in six innings, including the ninth. Ziomek's 15 strikeouts are the most by a Vandy pitcher since Sonny Gray fanned 15 against Brown in 2011. The Flames lone hit, a single, came in the second inning with Ziomek allowing only one base runner after the second inning. The junior finished off his outing by retiring 22 of the final 23 batters faced, including the last 10. For the season, Ziomek is now 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA and has 33 strikeouts in 22 innings.
Sophomore Philip Pfeifer was the SEC Pitcher of the Week last week after winning both of his starts, including a 10-strikeout performance at Belmont.
The No. 2 Commodores host Eastern Illinois at Hawkins Field tomorrow at 4 p.m. Freshman Walker Buehler (0-0) gets the ball for VU against Panthers' right-hander Jaden Widdersheim (1-2). Vanderbilt travels to No. 15 Oregon this weekend for a three-game series. For ticket information call 615.322.GOLD or visit vucommodores.com.