Big 12 Baseball Weekly Notes Package

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, February 28th, 2015

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By Wendall Barnhouse
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Four Honored in First Installment of Baseball Weekly Awards

Four Big 12 baseball student-athletes earn the first installment of the conference’s weekly awards as Texas Tech’s Eric Gutierrez has been named the Player of the Week with Sean Spicer (Baylor) and Jake Elliott (Oklahoma) sharing the Pitcher of the Week honor and Kevin Bradley (Oklahoma State) earning the Newcomer of the Week.
Gutierrez picks up his third career Player of the Week award after claiming the honor twice as a sophomore in 2014 (April 14 & April 28).

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Eric Gutierrez, Texas Tech, Jr., 1B, Mission, Texas/Sharyland, Texas
Gutierrez started the season hot batting .750 (9-for-12) with seven runs, three doubles, four RBI and seven walks without a strikeout while reaching base safely in 16-of-19 plate appearances (.842 on-base percentage) leading No. 5 Texas Tech to a 4-0 record with a series sweep over San Francisco at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock.
Gutierrez hit safely in all four games with three multi-hit games, including a career-high 4-for-4 performance in the series finale with three RBI and an intentional walk. He went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI in the opener and then scored three runs going 2-for-3 with two walks and a double in game two of the series. He tallied three walks going 1-for-2 with two runs and a double in game three and finished the series with his first-career four-hit performance.

CO-PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
Sean Spicer, Baylor, Sr.,RHP,
Dallas, Texas / J.J. Pearce
Spicer posted a 0.00 ERA and his first two career saves in as many attempts to help Baylor sweep No. 13 Cal Poly. The senior’s line for the weekend: two saves, three innings pitched, zero hits, runs and walks allowed and one strikeout. He tossed a perfect ninth on Friday for his first-ever save and followed it up with a two-inning flawless save Saturday.
Jake Elliott, Oklahoma, So., RHP,
Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS
Elliott dominated Notre Dame on opening night tossing seven shutout innings and surrendering only two hits and two walks. He struck out four, while throwing just 91 pitches to earn the 6-1 victory.

NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Kevin Bradley, Oklahoma State, So. INF, Pennington, N.J./SC Florida/Clemson
In his first three games in an Oklahoma State uniform, Bradley hit .444 (4-for-9) with a home run, double and five RBI in a three-game series at 18th-ranked Arizona State. He added a pair of runs and walks and recorded an .889 slugging percentage. A transfer from State College of Florida, where he redshirted last season after playing as a freshman at Clemson, Bradley started all three games for the Cowboys in Tempe, two at third base and one at first. He recorded an RBI in each contest, and in the series finale, the left-handed hitter lifted OSU to a 9-8 win by going 2-for-3 and delivering a game-high three RBI, including blasting a two-run home run in the fifth inning.

NOTES
– Big 12 teams combined for a 25-13 mark in the second week of action. Kansas, K-State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State posted a 10-6 record in the Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge as the league went 12-8 against the conference with TCU winning an away series at ASU over the weekend as well. The Sooners and Cowboys both went 3-1 in the tournament.
– Due to inclement weather, K-State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have each had to shift scheduled weekend home series. The Sooners will still take on BYU, but will do so in Las Vegas, while the Wildcats have cancelled their home series with Eastern Illinois. K-State will now take on California in Berekley. OSU will travel to Auburn, Ala., and still face Western Illinois for two contests with an added game against the Tigers.
– Big 12 teams have a combined 45-25 mark through the first two weeks of play. Of the 25 losses, 19 have been by three runs or fewer, including 10 of those 19 by two runs or fewer. OSU’s three losses have been by two runs or fewer, while four of Kansas’ five losses have been by three runs.
– For the second straight week, five league teams appear in the national rankings. TCU maintains its top spot on the Collegiate Baseball list while the Frogs along with OSU, UT and TTU are all ranked in the top 10 on the Baseball America chart for the third straight week. 10. BU checks in at No. 25 on the Collegiate Baseball list.
– Texas and Texas Tech each posted three shutouts over the weekend. UT’s three straight shutouts marked the first time the Horns have accomplished the feat since 2002, and their four-game sweep over Minnesota was the first since 2010. UT’s 7-2 start is also its best since 2010.
The two teams also lead the league, and nation, in extra-base hits as the Red Raiders have 37 on the year, while Texas has 35.
– The Big 12 has claimed three national player of the week honors in the first two weeks of the year as TTU’s Eric Gutierrez was named the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week last week, while OU’s Kolbey Carpenter and TCU’s Preston Morrison are Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week this week.
After his complete game shutout on Friday, Morrison is the Big 12 active leader in career shutouts with seven while a pitcher in the league. His four shutouts are tied for second-most on the career charts.

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