After a career-high eight shutout innings against Missouri, Richard Fitts was named SEC Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
The weekly award is the first of Fitts’ career, and he is the second Auburn player to be named SEC Pitcher of the Week this season. Trace Bright also received the honor following his performance against Texas A&M in March at the Round Rock Classic.
Against Missouri, Fitts’ eight shutout innings helped Auburn defeat Missouri 3-0. After a Texas A&M loss that same day, Auburn also clinched its spot in the SEC Tournament with the win.
Fitts’ outing was the longest by an Auburn starting pitcher since Jack Owen’s complete-game shutout over UTSA on Mar. 9, 2019.
The junior retired the first 14 batters before allowing a two-out single in the fifth and then retired the final 10 batters he faced. Fitts struck out five of the game’s first 10 batters and matched a season-high seven strikeouts without allowing a walk.
Auburn will take on No. 5 seed Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament Tuesday at 8 p.m. CST at the Hoover Met.
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