Historical showing guides Roberts to second OVC Pitcher of the Week
by Kim Swindell Wood | April 18, 2017 6:22 am
Last Updated: April 18, 2017 at 11:33 am
By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
A historical showing on the hill proved enough for Tennessee Tech closer Ethan Roberts to claim his second adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week honors of the year Monday, sharing the weekly award with Southeast Missouri’s Justin Murphy.
A native of nearby Sparta, Tennessee., Roberts was dominant in two relief outings last week, including tallying the final three outs in a 5-2 victory at No. 19 Vanderbilt on Tuesday. In that game Roberts struck out the final batter of the game to pick up his ninth save of the season against the nationally-ranked Commodores.
On Friday against Murray State, he broke a program record by striking out nine consecutive batters to earn his 10th save of the year. The Tennessee Tech sophomore covered the final 3.1 innings, allowing no hits and walking one while striking out all 10 batters he retired.
For the week he allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out 11 in 4.1 innings as he moved into first place in the OVC in saves. He has helped the league-leading Golden Eagles to a 29-9 overall and 16-2 OVC record so far this season.