March 18, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou righty Keaton Steele (St. Jospeh, Mo.) has been named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, following his dominating week that included six innings of shutout baseball against No. 5 South Carolina in the Tigers' first ever SEC win. In all, Steele went 1-0 last week while tossing 8.0 shutout innings, striking out 11 and walking just one. He scattered just five hits as he allowed only seven base runners on the week. Steele is the first Tiger baseball player to earn an SEC Player of the Week distinction in Mizzou's inaugural SEC season.
Steele's best outing of the week came in game two of a doubleheader against the fifth-ranked Gamecocks on Saturday. In that game, Steele tossed 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out seven against only one walk. In fact, Steele allowed just four Gamecock base runners and not one of those base runners advanced past first base, earning his second win of the season. He was instrumental in helping Mizzou win its first SEC game while earning its first win over a top-five team since May 28, 2011, when the Tigers defeated No. 2 Texas, 2-1, in the Big 12 Tournament. Steele also was a key factor in shutting out the Gamecocks for the first time since April 12, 2011, a span of 125 consecutive games without a shutout.
Since being roughed up in his first relief outing of the season at Southern Miss (which came after he played the entire game at third base), Steele has been lights out for the Tigers. In fact, over his last three appearances (which includes one start), Steele has thrown 13.0 shutout innings, allowing just 12 base runners in that span (seven hits, three walks, two hit batters) while striking out 14 in those 13.0 innings. He is now 2-0 on the season.
Steele and the Tigers will be back in action this Tuesday and Wednesday as they face Sun Belt foe Arkansas State. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.