May 22, 2017 - by
Holton Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for Record Fifth Time

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tyler Holton’s magical sophomore season was recognized once again Monday when he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week for a record-tying fifth time. Holton allowed a run and struck out 11 batters in FSU’s 8-2 win at No. 2 Louisville Friday night. He joins Mike Rogers from NC State in 2004 as the only players in league history to win five Pitcher of the Week honors in one season.

Against the Cardinals, Holton (8-2) allowed five hits and walked three in addition to the 11 strikeouts. It is the fourth time this season he has tallied double-digit strikeouts, the first FSU pitcher since Sean Gilmartin in 2011 to do so four times in a year. Louisville recorded its first hit in the fourth inning and only run against Holton in the seventh inning, snapping a 15.2 inning stretch of scoreless baseball for the Tallahassee native.

The win for the Seminoles secured the road series victory and helped FSU jump to No. 16 in the RPI. FSU also has played the nation’s toughest schedule in 2017.

Holton Named ACC Pitcher of the Week for Record Fifth Time

For Holton, his performance Friday night earned him a fifth Pitcher of the Week honor this season. He previously won the award after double-digit strikeout performances in consecutive weeks against Samford and Oakland; after allowing zero hits in seven innings of work against No. 8 North Carolina; and for last week’s complete game shutout against one of the top offenses in the country, No. 20 Wake Forest.

In five games against ranked opponents, Holton has allowed just six earned runs in 36.1 innings, with 38 strikeouts and a 1.49 earned run average.

Holton’s ERA has dropped from 3.03 to 2.55 over the past two weeks, and he has won each of his past three starts. He finished second in the ACC with 109 strikeouts.

Entering this week’s ACC Tournament, Holton ranks ninth nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (5.40), 13th in strikeouts (109), and 12th in WHIP (0.87).

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