Mr. Perfect Named National Player Of The Week

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn pitcher <b>Eric Brandon</b> was named the National Player of the week by <i>Collegiate Baseball</i> after throwing the first 9-inning perfect game in SEC play since 1963 when he accomplished the feat Saturday against Murray State.

In just his third start of the season after opening the season in the bullpen as Auburn's closer, the Nashville native completely dominated an over-matched Murray State club Saturday at Plainsman Park. Throwing just 94 pitches, 69 of which were for strikes, Brandon retired all 27 batters he faced to make history in an Auburn uniform.

Brandon was still reaching speeds of nearly 90 MPH in the ninth inning of Saturday's performance.

Auburn had previously had just one perfect game in it's history, a seven-inning performance by Jason Johnson on April 30, 1991 against LaGrange College.

Brandon becomes the first Auburn player to earn National Player of the Week honors since Gabe Gross on February 14, 2000. On the season the right-handed Brandon is 2-0 with a team-best earned run average of 1.80. The most impressive stat on Brandon this season is his team-leading 26 strikeouts in just 25 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .153 against Brandon this season.

The Tigers return to action Tuesday night when they play at UAB. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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