Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, April 18:
Baseball: Walter Wijas
Week Stats: 0-0, 1.69 ERA, 2 APP, 1 GS, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, .250
Season Stats: 0-0, 2.25 ERA, 8 APP, 1 GS, 12.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 8 SO, .209 opp. avg.
Notes: Freshman Walter Wijas had an excellent week for UK, pitching in relief on Friday night against No. 7 Florida and making his first career start against the Gators on Sunday ... Wijas pitched two shutout innings Friday night as UK mounted a comeback rally against the Gators, allowing two hits and striking out two, setting a career-high for both strikeouts and innings pitched ... Wijas wasn't done for the weekend, as he made the surprise start Sunday with UK Sunday starter Alex Meyer out for 3-4 weeks due to illness ... Wijas tossed a career-best 3.1 innings, allowing three hits and one run, walking one and striking out a career-high three against the high-octane Gators, helping lead UK to the crucial win ... The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder retired the first 10 hitters he faced in his first career start, carrying a perfect game into the fourth inning ... On the season, Wijas has totaled a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings, allowing only nine hits and three runs, striking out eight.