RHP - 6-2 - 230
Weekly Stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 9.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, .233 Opp.
Season Stats: 5-4, 3.32 ERA, 14 G, 12 GS, 81.1 IP, 72 H, 33 R, 30 ER, 18 BB, 63 K, .240 Opp. BA
Notes: Recent Tennessee graduate Nick Williams turned in the best effort of his career on Saturday, firing nine shutout innings with eight strikeouts in UT's heartbreaking 1-0 loss in 10 to Mississippi State in Starkville.
Despite going home with a no-decision, Williams bested his previous career high for innings pitched, which had been 8.2 set against Vanderbilt last season. The Knoxville native scattered seven hits and three walks while matching his season high of eight punchouts, which tied his mark from a week ago against Kentucky.
Prior to his effort in Starkville, no Tennessee starting pitcher had recorded an out in the ninth inning this season with the longest outing being his 8.0 innings of work against Auburn on March 21.
Williams faced just two batters over the minimum through six innings on Saturday before pitching out of trouble in each of the next three to keep UT's hopes of a series-clinching win alive. He would strand Bulldog baserunners in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings before handing the ball over to the bullpen for extra innings.
For the season, Williams is 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA over 14 appearances, including a team-high 12 starts. His five wins also lead the Vols, as do his 81.1 innings pitched, and he is tied with Andy Cox for the squad-high with 63 strikeouts.
Williams is set to make his 33rd career start for the Orange and White this weekend when Florida makes the trek to Rocky Top. That would place him one start out of the career top-10 in the Tennessee record book. With 77 career appearances on the mound, he already stands second in UT history in that category behind only Craig Cobb who amassed 85 appearances from 2004-07.