ATLANTA -- Buck Farmer hasn't had to bounce back from a bad start often in his Georgia Tech career, but such is the case tonight.
Farmer, the former Rockdale stand out, is coming off an outing against N.C. State where he allowed seven earned runs in just five innings pitched in a 13-4 loss last weekend. The senior right-hander will try to get back on the winning track when the Yellow Jackets begin a weekend road series with Clemson tonight.
Despite the rough start against the Wolfpack, Farmer still has excellent numbers so far in 2013. In 10 starts, Farmer is 7-2 with a 2.22 ERA (17 earned runs in 69 innings pitched) and has 79 strike outs and only 16 walks while allowing opponents to hit just .233.
Farmer, a pre-season All-American, was recently named one of 41 pitchers nationwide to the initial watch list for the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports and presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 29.
"Buck has had an outstanding career and is putting us on his back every time he takes the mound," Tech head coach Danny Hall told ramblinwreck.com. "He is doing exactly what you'd like a senior to do. He's a vocal leader on and off the field and has been our workhorse over the last two years. He's established himself as one of the nation's best pitchers and it's great for him to be recognized on this list."
The Rockdale graduate will also try to put an end to Tech's four-game losing streak when tonight's game begins at 7 p.m.