Gators Aaron Rhodes among Louisville Slugger's National Players of the Week
Florida sophomore right-hander Aaron Rhodes has been selected as one of Louisville Slugger’s National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball. It is the first such honor for Rhodes, who threw a one-hit shutout against Missouri this past Saturday.
He became the first Gator pitcher recognized since Brian Johnson received the honor on Feb. 28, 2011.
Rhodes' one-hit shutout came in his third career start as Florida clinched its weekend series against Missouri on Saturday with a 5-0 win.
It was the first complete game of the season for the Gators, as well as the first complete game and shutout for UF since March 30, 2013 (Jonathon Crawford vs. Ole Miss)
It also marked the fewest hits allowed in a complete game by a Florida pitcher since Crawford’s no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman in the NCAA Gainesville Regional on June 1, 2012.
Rhodes is 5-2 this year with a 2.08 ERA overall and is 3-1 with 1.84 ERA in SEC play.
Florida (30-15) moved up one spot to No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week. The Gators are No. 5 in the Baseball America poll (up one spot)., and are No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
The SEC-leading Gators (15-6 SEC) will face No. 20 Alabama (29-15/13-8 SEC) on Friday at 7:35 p.m. in the opener of a series in Tuscaloosa.