Ole Miss pitcher James McArthur has been named SEC Freshman of the Week for the period ending April 24, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. McArthur earns the first weekly accolade of his career and becomes the first Rebel to earn SEC Freshman of the Week since Will Golsan claimed the honor last season (March 23, 2015).
McArthur had an outstanding week on the mound, making two appearances that helped Ole Miss complete a perfect 5-0 record throughout the week. The New Braunfels, Texas native pitched 11.2 innings without allowing a run, giving up just six hits and recording 11 strikeouts. In a midweek win over Memphis (April 19), McArthur tossed a career-high seven scoreless innings and tied his career high in strikeouts with seven.
Five days later (April 24), the tall right hander made his SEC debut versus Auburn. Entering the game in the second with the Rebels trailing 4-0, McArthur was able to strikeout his first two SEC hitters to get out of the jam. He continued to keep his team in the game with 4.2 scoreless innings of relief. Ole Miss eventually rallied to win the game, 6-5, with six runs in the final two innings to complete the weekend sweep.
In just his first collegiate season, McArthur has settled in and has been impressive, especially as of late. Over his last seven outings, he boasts a 5-0 record with a 1.62 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. On the year, McArthur is 5-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 10 appearances, including eight midweek starts. The freshman has allowed just 14 earned runs this season, the third-fewest in the SEC among qualifying pitchers.
McArthur and the Rebels return to the field tomorrow night, heading to Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi. Ole Miss will battle in-state rival Mississippi State for the annual Governor’s Cup. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally on SEC Network.
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Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports