Florida’s Leftwich earns SEC Weekly honor

Florida starting pitcher Jack Leftwich (3-0) gets fist bumps from teammates after coming off the mound against Winthrop during the third game of the series Sunday at McKethan Stadium. The Gators beat Winthrop 5-3 and swept the series. [Cyndi Chambers/Gainesville Sun Correspondent]

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HOOVER, Ala. — Florida’s Jack Leftwich was named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week after his complete-game shutout at Missouri last Friday, the league announced Monday.

Leftwich, who had been dealing with a blister issue for much of the season, turned in the best performance of his career in a must-win game for the Gators, pitching a complete-game shutout at No. 24 Missouri in Florida’s 2-0 win. It was the first complete-game, two-hitter by a Florida pitcher since Logan Shore vs. Georgia on April 22, 2016

The Orlando native limited the Tigers to just two hits, for a .071 average against and matched his career high with nine strikeouts.

Florida opens play in the SEC Tournament at 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday on SEC Network against No. 6 seed Texas A&M.

Other SEC awards for the week include:

Player of the Week: Stephen Scott, Vanderbilt – Scott lifted the Commodores to their first SEC title since 2013 with three homers and seven hits at Kentucky.

Co-Pitcher of the Week: Garrett Stallings, Tennessee – Stallings tossed his second-complete game shutout of the season and the fourth complete game of his career to improve to 8-3 on the season.

Co-Freshman of the Week: Joseph Menefee, Texas A&M – Menefee retired 12 of 13 batters he faced vs. Arkansas, including seven strikeouts in two relief appearances, both in victories against the No. 4 Razorbacks.

Co-Freshman of the Week: Landon Marceaux, LSU – Marceaux delivered a brilliant outing on Friday to clinch LSU’s series win over Auburn. Marceaux pitched a career-high seven innings, limiting Auburn to one run on only two hits with no walks and a career-best seven strikeouts.