Rocker Earns Pitcher of the Week Honors

The junior worked 8.0 shutout innings against 13th-ranked Oklahoma State

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt baseball student-athlete Kumar Rocker was named SEC Pitcher of the Week, announced by the league office Monday afternoon.

Rocker picked up his fourth win of the campaign with his second consecutive quality start in the series opener at Oklahoma State. The junior right-hander worked a season-long 8.0 shutout innings, facing just three batters above the minimum.

He held the 13th-ranked Cowboys to just two hits—a season low for OSU—while allowing just three runners to reach base all afternoon. Rocker retired the side in order in five of his eight innings pitched to help hand Oklahoma State its first loss of the season, as Vanderbilt notched its third shutout of the campaign.

The Athens, Georgia, native closed out his outing by retiring 18 of the final 20 batters he faced, while delivering strikes on 68 percent (70-of-103) of his pitches thrown. Rocker has not allowed an earned run all season through 23.0 innings of work, and is tied for first in the SEC in ERA and leads the conference in hits allowed per nine innings (3.13).

Rocker is the second Vanderbilt student-athlete to receive weekly conference honors, joining Dominic Keegan who was named SEC Co-Player of the Week on March 1.