SEC Baseball Weekly Honors – March 8, 2021
Player of the Week: Tim Elko, Ole Miss
Ole Miss’ Tim Elko paced the Rebels to a 5-0 week and hit homers in four different games, including two on the series finale vs. Belmont on Sunday. He reached base at an astounding .708 mark and accounted for 21 runs on the weekend. Despite coming into the week batting under .150, Elko left the five-game stretch batting .310, along with the first five HRs of his season. Elko was the primary reason the Rebels were able to win all five games, including a series sweep vs. Belmont. He finished the week with 10 hits and 13 RBI.
Pitcher of the Week: Bryce Miller, Texas A&M
Texas A&M’s Bryce Miller fanned a career-high 15 batters in 7.0 scoreless innings, including 12 in the first five innings, without yielding a walk. The mark was the highest for an Aggie since Casey Fossum struck out 15 batters against Baylor in 1998. Miller combined with Chandler Jozwiak to fan 21 New Mexico State batters, coming up one strikeout shy of the school record 22 set last season against Army. The New Braunfels, Texas, native had four innings in which he struck out three batters, including two 3-up, 3 down frames.
Freshman of the Week: Jackson Fristoe, Mississippi State
Eighteen batters came to the plate against Mississippi State’s Jackson Fristoe in his third career collegiate start and the true freshman sent all 18 of those back to the dugout without reaching base, as the right-hander tossed the first six innings of a combined no-hitter to clinch MSU’s third straight series victory of the season against Kent State. Fristoe earned his first career victory with six perfect innings and a career-best eight strikeouts. His efforts helped MSU to its first no-hitter since 1999. In the game, he threw 87 pitches and 56 for strikes. Along with his eight strikeouts, Fristoe coaxed seven flyball outs and four groundouts, with 13 of his 18 outs ending in a strikeout or on the infield.