Missouri right-hander Bryce Montes de Oca was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, the SEC announced Monday.
Montes de Oca, a redshirt junior from Lawrence, Kansas, pitched the first seven innings of the Tigersí no-hit, 7-1 win over the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday. It was Missouriís first no-hitter since Max Scherzer and Michael Cole combined for one against Texas Tech in 2005, and was enough for Montes de Oca to be honored as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week, per a tweet from the Missouri baseball account.
Named the No. 2 college senior (by academic year) by PerfectGame.org in January, Montes de Oca struck out a career-high 12 batters. He allowed only two baserunners in the game, with both coming on fifth-inning walks.
Mondayís honor is Montes de Ocaís first SEC Pitcher of the Week award. The last Missouri pitcher to earn the distinction was Cole Bartlett, who won the award on May 22, 2017, after throwing a complete-game, one-hit shutout at Tennessee.
On the season, Montes de Oca has a 2-0 record and boasts an ERA of 0.53, good for second in the Southeastern Conference. He has struck out 21 batters against nine walks.
Montes de Oca will return to the mound at 6:30 p.m. Friday when Missouri (10-3) hosts La Salle in the first game of a three-game series. The Tigers will first host Eastern Illinois for a single game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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