Boyce Earns Weekly Accolade

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas pitcher Charley Boyce was named the Southeastern Conference's Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career after winning two games during a weekend series at Alabama.

Almost single-handedly, Boyce (10-6) gave the Tide its first SEC series loss at home. He pitched 2 2/3 strong innings in relief of starter Nick Schmidt in Friday's 5-4 win before working a complete-game five-hitter in Sunday's 3-2 win.

"Charley was outstanding," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "Charley didn't overthrow. He pitches in and out and his breaking pitch was back and he was able to get ahead of a lot of hitters."

The difference was the fourth-year junior's ability to spot that breaking pitch -- a slider -- low in the zone early and late in pitch counts. He threw 29 strikes in 53 pitches Friday and 72 strikes in 102 pitches Sunday to scatter nine hits and two earned runs in 11 2/3 innings.

"I had the slider going," Boyce said. "I wasn't as much of a one-pitch guy and could pitch off of both the fastball and slider."

Boyce moved into a tie for second with Dennis Fletcher on Arkansas' career wins list with 26. He's also fourth in career innings with 299 2/3 and could move up with any luck during this weekend's home series against Ole Miss since he's close behind Kevin Campbell (301 2/3 innings) and Matt Carnes (306).

Scott Tabor is the school's all-time leader in career wins (34) and innings pitched (368).

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