VMI Baseball: Zak Kent earns SoCon Pitcher of the Week honors
The right-hander threw eight innings of shutout ball Sunday against East Tennessee State (ETSU), striking out 12 while scattering six hits and four walks. The 6-0 victory gave the Keydets the series win over the Bucs and earned head coach Jonathan Hadra his 100th-career win. Kent was masterful with runners on base, stranding 11 runners and working out of bases-loaded jams in the fifth and sixth innings.
Kent’s record stands at 4-2 on the season with a 3.31 ERA and a conference-best 81 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. He is third in NCAA Division I baseball in total strikeouts and 14th in strikeouts per inning (13.42).
While Kent’s overall numbers are impressive, his statistics over the last five games are even better. In 39 2/3 innings, three in SoCon play, he has a 2.04 ERA with 63 strikeouts and just nine walks. Kent worked at least seven innings in each of those starts.
The Keydets (8-24) travel to Radford University for a non-conference game Tuesday at 6 p.m.