Alabama senior Jake Walters was named Co-SEC pitcher of the week, the league office announced on Monday. Walters is the first Alabama baseball player to receive a weekly honor from the SEC this season.
Walters shared the honor with Kevin Smith from Georgia.
Walters threw a complete game shutout against Ole Miss on Saturday in his final collegiate start. He threw 114 pitches across nine innings against the No. 5-ranked Rebels, striking out seven. He gave up two hits, two walks and hit three batters while Alabama celebrated Senior Night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
It was the first complete game of Walters’ career, and the first complete game shutout for any Crimson Tide pitcher since 2014.
The Rebels’ offense led the conference with a .303 overall batting average this season and were 22nd nationally with 7.1 runs per game on the season.
Saturday night was also Walters’ 52nd career start, tied for most of any pitcher in program history. He finished his career with 292 strikeouts, third in school history. He also wrapped up his career fourth in school history with 295 innings pitched.
“It was just a great night,” Walters said. “It’ll be a long time before I can start to forget.”
Alabama did not have any players chosen for the All-SEC teams, All-Defensive team or All-Freshman team which were also announced on Monday.
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