Paxton Earns Multiple Awards For One-Hitter

Auburn, Ala.--On the strength of a complete game, one-hit shutout of Kentucky on Sunday, Auburn sophomore pitcher Colby Paxton has been named the SEC Pitcher of the Week and the <i>Louisville Slugger</i> National Player of the Week following the opening weekend of conference play.

Setting a career-high in both in innings pitched with nine and strikeouts with six in the Tigers' 5-0 win to take the series 2-1, Paxton (5-1) became the first Auburn pitcher to pitch a complete game shutout in conference play since Jason Johnson. Johnson shut down the South Carolina Gamecocks in 1992 on four hits.

Paxton, a 6-3, 220 sophomore from Germantown, Tenn., has now pitched 15 consecutive scoreless innings since allowing five runs in the first inning to North Carolina on March 9. Not known as a strikeout pitcher, Paxton has now fanned 20 batters in 36 and two/thirds innings pitched this season after striking out just 22 last season in 57 and two/thirds innings.

While Paxton's outing stands out following a weekend in which Auburn won two of three from Kentucky, it doesn't stand alone as the Tiger staff had a superb weekend against the Wildcats. Allowing just six runs in the series, the fewest in SEC play since Mississippi State scored six against the Tigers in 1993, Auburn pitchers allowed Kentucky to hit at an average of just .165 on the weekend with two extra-base hits.

Paxton becomes the second Auburn pitcher in the last three weeks to earn conference and national honors. Teammate Eric Brandon earned the same double following his perfect game performance against Murray State back on March 2.

Paxton and the Tigers, who used nine pitchers to throw a no-hitter vs. UAB on Tuesday night, travel to Knoxville this weekend to face the Tennessee Volunteers in their first road series in SEC play. Tennessee comes in having been swept by Alabama last weekend in Tuscaloosa.

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