April 15, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the second time in his career, Tennessee right-hander Zack Godley has been named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week after a stellar performance against Kentucky.
A year ago, he snapped then-No. 2 UK's 22-game winning streak to open the 2012 campaign. This season, Godley punctuated Tennessee's series victory over the 13th-ranked Wildcats with an exclamation mark by firing a six-hit shutout in a 5-0 triumph.
The win clinched the series for the Vols, their first on the road over a top-15 team since 2010. Godley is now the only pitcher in the SEC with two complete-game shutouts to his name, having also blanked Missouri on March 22.
Godley joins former first-round picks R.A. Dickey, Luke Hochevar and James Adkins as the only pitchers in Tennessee history to earn league pitcher of the week honors twice in their careers. He is one of 14 UT hurlers who have claimed the weekly accolades a total of 18 times.
In the win over Kentucky on Sunday, Godley struck out eight, walked just two and scattered six hits while stranding nine UK baserunners. He got stronger as the game went on, eventually retiring the final eight batters he faced, including three on strikeouts, to finish off the series-clinching shutout.
The whitewashing marked the first time in 129 games that the Wildcats had been held scoreless, dating back to a 4-0 loss at Alabama on March 25, 2011. Tennessee's last shutout over Kentucky came exactly 10 years before that on March 25, 2001, when Patrick Hicklen went the distance, allowing five hits in a 6-0 UT triumph.
Godley has been UK's nemesis the last two years, having also handed then-No. 2 Kentucky its first loss of the 2012 campaign, snapping its 22-game win streak to open the season. In two career starts against the Wildcats, Godley has allowed just one run on nine hits in 17.0 innings, striking out 12 in the process.
The Bamberg, S.C., native is tied for the league lead with 66.1 innings pitched and tied for third with 60 strikeouts on the year. Sunday's win improved his record to 3-4 this season and lowered his ERA to 3.26. Opponents are hitting just .241 off of him and he is averaging over seven innings in his nine starts.