Houck allowed just two hits, struck out a career-high 14 batters and walked two in nine shutout innings against the Commodores. He took a no-decision after the Tigers lost 2-0 in 11 innings.
“I felt like I had command on all my pitches tonight,” Houck told reporters following the game. “Those were the key. Then I just got back to what I do best — pound the zone and get outs quick.”
The honor is the second time the young righty, a preseason All-SEC second-team selection, has been so awarded by the conference.
The 14 strikeouts is the most by a Missouri pitcher since Kyle Gibson struck out 15 on April 3, 2009, against Oklahoma.
For the season, Houck is 2-2 with a 2.09 earned-run average in six starts. In 43 innings pitched, he has struck out 48 batters, walked 10 and hit three. He has allowed 11 runs (10 earned) and just 28 hits, limiting opponents to a .185 batting average against him.
Houck’s remarkable performance against Vanderbilt came after he was roughed up in his previous start at Florida. He allowed five runs (all earned) on seven hits over six innings, with two strikeouts and three walks, in a 6-2 loss.
“I found something different in my delivery that I had been doing the last couple weeks,” Houck said on Saturday. “I went back and watched some video from last year to this year just found one minor kink and got it straightened out this week.”