Feb. 20, 2013
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech senior Buck Farmer continues to earn accolades, being named the National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Farmer’s career-high 14 strikeout highlighted Tech’s opening-weekend sweep of Akron.
The NCBWA Board reviews candidates, and each week names one hitter of the week and one pitcher of the week. This is the first NCBWA weekly honor for Farmer, who was a preseason All-America pick by the organization.
This week, Farmer has also been honored as the ACC Pitcher of the Week, and one of six Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week.
After bypassing a 15th-round draft pick last year by Milwaukee, Farmer set the tone for his senior season with 14 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, leading the No. 21 Yellow Jackets to a 3-0 shutout victory over Akron on Opening Day in front of 2,314 at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Conyers, Ga., native walked none and scattered four singles in improving his career record to 25-8 with his fourth career combined shutout. Just one batter advanced past first in the game – that coming with two outs in the fifth inning – and there were never multiple Akron runners on base in the game. Farmer fired 97 pitches in the efficient outing, with 77 being strikes.
Georgia Tech (4-0) returns to action this weekend with a series at Russ Chandler Stadium versus St. John’s. Farmer is on the mound Friday as the series begins at 4 p.m.