Oklahoma outfielder Destinee Martinez and Baylor pitcher Whitney Canion have been named Big 12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week. It is the first career weekly award for Martinez and the fourth career weekly award for Canion.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Destinee Martinez, Oklahoma, Sr., Outfielder, Corona, Calif.
Martinez was the catalyst for an Oklahoma team that had its best weekend of the season, going 4-1 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Martinez hit .500 for the weekend (8-16) and led the team in runs scored (7), hits (8), RBI (7) on-base percentage (.556) and stolen bases (4).
In an 11-3, six-inning win Oregon State, Martinez was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, setting a career high in hits. She also scored three times to match a career best. She followed that in the next game with a career-high three RBI in an 11-9, comeback win over Northwestern. She hit an RBI single, drew a bases-loaded walk and drove home a run on a fielder’s choice.
In the weekend finale against Syracuse, Martinez again matched her career high with three runs driven in as OU won 6-2. Martinez hit a two-run double in the first inning and added an RBI groundout in the third inning.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week
Whitney Canion, Baylor, Sr., LHP, Aledo, Texas
Canion helped Baylor go 2-0 vs. Top 25 teams and 4-1 overall at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic this weekend in Palm Springs, Calif. She went 3-0 with a save and a 0.00 ERA in 21 innings of work. She saved her first game of the season with a two-inning appearance beating No. 16 Missouri Thursday before taking wins vs. No. 11 Stanford Friday, California Saturday and Northwestern Sunday.
Canion picked up her 32nd career shutout vs. Northwestern and combined for a shutout vs. California. She struck out 22 and walked just three for the weekend while holding opponents to a .149 batting average.
2014 Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week
|Date||Player of the Week||Pitcher of the Week|
|Feb. 11||Jordan Strickland, Baylor, Jr..||Brittany Talley, Texas Tech, Sr.|
|Feb. 18||Tarah Ettinger, Oklahoma State, Sr.||Simone Freeman, Oklahoma State, Sr.|
|Feb. 25||Destinee Martinez, Oklahoma, Sr.||Whitney Canion, Baylor, Sr.|