UF's Rhodes adds to awards list


Florida starting pitcher Aaron Rhodes (27) is congratulated by first baseman Zack Powers (5) after throwing a one-hit shutout during the second game of the weekend series against Missouri at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville on Saturday. The Gators beat the Tigers 5-0 to clinch the weekend series. Rhodes was chosen as one of Louisville Slugger's National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball on Monday. (Brad McClenny/Staff photographer)

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 4:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 11:36 a.m.

The list of honors for Florida sophomore pitcher Aaron Rhodes grew Tuesday when he was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week for tossing a one-hit shutout against Missouri on Saturday.

On Monday, Rhodes was chosen as one of Louisville Slugger's National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.

Rhodes became the first Gator pitcher recognized since Brian Johnson collected the Louisville Slugger honor on Feb. 28, 2011.

Rhodes' a one-hitter in his third career start as Florida clinched its weekend series against Missouri on Saturday, 5-0

Rhodes' effort was the first complete game of the season for the Gators, as well as the first CG and the first CG shutout for UF since March 30, 2013 (Jonathon Crawford vs. Ole Miss)

It was the fewest hits allowed in a complete game by a Florida pitcher since Crawford's no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman in the NCAA Gainesville Regional on June 1, 2012. He surrendered only a second-inning double and retired the final 18 Missouri hitters of the game. He matched his career high of six strikeouts and the Tigers were 1-for-27 (.037) against him with two walks.

Rhodes is 5-2 this year with a 2.08 ERA overall and is 3-1 with 1.84 ERA in league action.

The No. 5 Gators (30-15/15-6 SEC) begin a three-game series Friday at No. 12 Alabama (29-15/13-8) at 7:35 p.m. in Tuscaloosa.

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