DJ Baxendale was a little shaky in Friday night starts at Mississippi State and LSU, but some work on his mechanics has the junior starter back in the groove.
Baxendale pitched eight innings of shutout ball at Tennessee on Thursday night to improve his record to 7-3 on the season and lower his ERA to 3.14. It earned him SEC pitcher of the week honors.
Baxendale was superb in a Sunday victory over Texas to close out a weekend tournament at Houston on March 4. But he started to slide over the next three weekends, ultimately falling out of the Friday night starters role that was his to start the season.
But he's been good of late, although there have been some tough decisions, like the one against South Carolina on Sunday two weeks ago.
He was spectacular against the Vols. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
The junior from Jacksonville, Ark., only allowed two hits during his outing and struck out seven batters without issuing a walk.
Baxendale did not allow his first hit against Tennessee until two outs in the sixth inning. He only allowed three runners to reach base and only one base runner advanced past second.
Baxendale opened the game by retiring the first nine batters he faced and after the leadoff man in the fourth inning reached on an error, Baxendale then proceeded to sit down the next eight Volunteers that came to the plate. He faced the minimum in five of the eight innings he worked.
Baxendale SEC Pitcher of the Week
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