Surry’s Tuttle named national Pitcher of the Week by NJCAA

Surry Community College’s Travis Tuttle was honored Thursday as the national Pitcher of the Week by the NJCAA after hurling a no-hitter Saturday over sixth-ranked Pasco-Hernando.

Tuttle, a freshman from Reagan High School in Winston-Salem, is the first Surry player to be named the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II Pitcher of the Week since Aaron King earned the award after throwing a no-hitter in 2008 against USC-Sumter.

Tuttle, who transferred to SCC after a redshirt season at Appalachian State University, retired the side six of seven times as he needed just 85 pitches to complete the seven-inning no-no in the second game of a doubleheader. Tuttle struck out six and was two bases on balls removed from a perfect game against the Conquistadors, ranked sixth nationally in the NJCAA Division II.

“It’s a pretty cool honor,” Tuttle said Thursday. “It really hasn’t had time to sink in, but I am just grateful for the opportunity to be out there and do my part for the team.”

SCC head baseball coach Jamie Lowe said he was extremely proud of Tuttle, not only for the national recognition, but because of the work he has put in to become the pitcher he is today.

“He is a hard-working young man and I am really happy and excited this happened for him. With the hard work he has put into it, he deserves to get this award,” Lowe said. “It is an outstanding accomplishment to be recognized by the entire NJCAA. It’s a special accomplishment.”

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