Rock-star week leads Roberts to first OVC Pitcher of the Week accolades
By Andy Southard | March 27, 2017 8:32 am
Last Updated: March 27, 2017 at 8:33 am
Three brilliant appearances out of the bullpen propelled Tennessee Tech hurler Ethan Roberts to his first career Adidas Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, sharing the weekly award with Jacksonville State’s Colton Pate.
A native of nearby Sparta, Roberts saved three of four victories for the Tech baseball team last week in helping the Golden Eagles to a 15-6 overall and 6-0 OVC start to the season. For the week he appeared in three games, tossing four and one third innings and did not allow a hit while striking out six and walking only one.
He opened the week by striking out the lone batter he faced in a 4-3 win over Illinois State. In the series opener with SIUE, Roberts came in to a bases loaded jam and recorded two strikeouts on just seven pitches to secure the victory. He closed the week by pitching the last 3.1 innings in a 3-2 win over the Cougars.
In eight appearances this season Roberts has five saves and a victory while striking out 19 in 15.2 innings of work. He currently leads the OVC and ranks 15th nationally in saves.