BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – For the first time in his career, Eastern Kentucky University senior baseball player Matt Fyffe has been named the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
The award comes on the heels of a dominant performance by Fyffe. The Paintsville, Ky. native tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout following Senior Day festivities on Saturday against Tennessee Tech, the top hitting team in the OVC (batting average-wise). Fyffe was in control all afternoon, surrendering just two singles and one double, as EKU cruised to a 4-0 victory in game two and to a weather-shortened, two-game sweep of the Golden Eagles this weekend to remain one game out of first place with three games left on the OVC regular season schedule.
The masterful outing by Fyffe improved his pristine record to 8-0 and lowered his season ERA to a miniscule 1.51. Opposing batters are hitting just .207 against the hard-throwing right-hander. Fyffe started the season in the bullpen, but was made a conference starter three weeks ago and has gone 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA since then.
It was Fyffe’s first-career complete game, and it was EKU’s first nine-inning complete game shutout since former All-American Christian Friedrich tossed a no-hitter at Morehead State on March 24, 2006.
Fyffe is the fourth Colonel to earn OVC weekly honors this spring, as senior right-hander Matt Harris was named OVC Pitcher of the Week on April 9, senior Richie Rodriguez was named OVC Player of the Week on May 7 and March 5 and junior Austin Grisham was named OVC Player of the Week on April 2.
Fyffe shared this week’s honor with Austin Peay right-hander Andy Cox.
EKU (28-20, 16-7 OVC) will be seeking its first OVC regular season championship since 2000 this weekend in a three-game set at Murray State. First-place APSU, meanwhile, visits TTU this weekend.