March 26, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After tossing eight strong innings to lead Tennessee to a 4-1 victory over No. 2 Kentucky on Friday night, snapping the Wildcats' 22-game winning streak and handing them their first loss of the season, junior right-hander Zack Godley has been named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Godley is just the 14th Volunteer pitcher to earn the honors, joining the likes of R.A. Dickey, Todd Helton and Luke Hochevar, and just the third to do so since the 2007 campaign with the last player being Bryan Morgado in 2010.
In the win over Kentucky, Godley held the top-hitting team in the SEC to just one run on three hits and struck out four over a career-high tying 8.0 innings. After yielding a first-inning run, he retired 21 of the final 25 batters that he faced and didn't allow anyone past first base over the next seven frames.
The Bamberg, S.C., native gave up a double to start the contest but that was the only extra-base hit he allowed to UK, which entered the contest leading the SEC in batting average, on-base percentage hits, doubles, and RBIs and was second in slugging percentage and home runs.
Godley is now 4-1 on the year with a 2.92 ERA in a team-leading 37.0 innings, spanning six starts. He has struck out 30 and walked just six while holding opposing hitters to a .221 batting average.
The Vols will return to the diamond at Lindsey Nelson Stadium when they open a two-game set against Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. They will also take on the Delta Devils at the same time on Wednesday.