– Tyler Holton’s complete-game shutout against No. 19 Wake Forest Saturday has earned him his fourth Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week honor, the league announced Monday afternoon. Holton is the first Seminole pitcher to win the award four times in one season.
Holton, a Tallahassee native, turned in the finest performance of the year for the Seminoles, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out nine. All four hits were singles, and no Demon Deacon batter reached second base in the game. Holton had three strikeouts in the eighth inning and got Gavin Sheets, the nation’s leader in RBI’s, swinging to end the game on his 124th pitch.
Holton improved to 7-2 on the season, while his earned run average fell from 3.03 to 2.69. Wake Forest entered the game ranked in the top 10 nationally in home runs, hits, and slugging percentage, but Holton held the Deacs to a .129 average (4-for-31) and 0-for-6 with runners on base.
The win marked the first complete game of Holton’s career, topping the eight innings he threw against No. 4 Clemson earlier this season, and it is the first complete game shutout of the year for the Seminoles.
Holton enters the final week of the regular season ranked in the top 25 nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (11th, 5.38), WHIP (11th, 0.86) and strikeouts (23rd, 98).
Holton previously won ACC Pitcher of the Week honors this season after games against Samford (2/25), Oakland (3/4), and North Carolina (4/1). Against Samford, Holton set a career high with 11 strikeouts, and broke that record against Oakland with 13. He became the first player to earn ACC Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks since Maryland’s Jake Stinnett in 2014. In the North Carolina game, he did not allow a hit in seven innings against the Tar Heels before being pulled.
Holton is the first FSU player with four Pitcher of the Week honors in one season. Paul Wilson (1993 and 1994), Mike Ziegler (2000), and Sean Gilmartin (2011) each won the award three times in one year.
Holton is the fifth player in ACC history to win at least four Pitcher of the Year honors in one season. Kris Wilson (Georgia Tech, 1997), Cory Vance (Georgia Tech, 2000), and Stinnett (Maryland, 2014) each won the award four times in a season. Mike Rogers (NC State, 2004) won the award five times.