Michael Davis (Texas Tech), Dalton Horton (TCU) and Kyle Gray (West Virginia) have been selected as the Big 12 baseball weekly award recipients for games played from April 5-10.
It marks the first career honor for each of the underclassmen. Davis is the fourth different Red Raider to win the Player of the Week honor this season, while Horton (Pitcher of the Week) and Gray (Newcomer of the Week) are the first award winners on the year for their teams in the respective categories.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Michael Davis, Texas Tech, So., 2B, Lubbock, Texas/Lubbock
Davis led all Big 12 players with 11 RBI last week as he helped lead the Red Raiders to a 4-1 road trip that included a midweek split at No. 5 Florida State and then a series sweep at No. 16 Oklahoma State. The sweep of the Cowboys marked Texas Tech’s first against a ranked opponent since the 2002 season. The Red Raiders are now 11-1 in Big 12 play, marking their best start to league action in school history.
Davis hit .400 for the week (8-for-20) as he recorded four runs scored, four doubles and a team-leading 11 RBI. He capped the week with a seven RBI performance Sunday that marked the most runs driven in by a Red Raider since Chris Richburg had seven on May 1, 2007, at Dallas Baptist. It also marked the most RBI for a Red Raider in a Big 12 contest since Gera Alvarez also had seven RBI on May 19, 2002, against Baylor. Davis cleared the bases twice in the win as he had a three-run double in the third inning and then another in the sixth.
The Lubbock native opened the week going 2-for-5 with two RBI, both off doubles, in Texas Tech’s 8-4 victory at No. 5 Florida State. Davis closed the week with three multi-hit games, two of which that came in the Oklahoma State series, as well as a pair of multi-RBI games.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Dalton Horton, TCU, Fr., LHP, Center, Texas/Center
Making just his second start of the season on the weekend, Horton pitched a career-high seven innings in leading TCU to a victory at Kansas on Saturday. He allowed just five hits, walked two and struck out a pair to improve to 5-0 on the season. Dating back to his last start, Horton has pitched 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Against the Jayhawks, Horton never faced more than four batters in an inning. Only one batter reached third base and just one other made it as far as second. The freshman induced a pair of double play balls in the win.
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Kyle Gray, West Virginia, Fr., 2B/OF, Blanco, Texas/Blanco
Gray reached base safely in six consecutive at-bats in WVU’s weekend series against Furman. Playing just two of the three games, he recorded five hits and two RBI with two walks and seven total bases for a team-best .625 average and a .875 slugging percentage. On the week, playing four games, Gray led the team with a .750 slugging percentage and six hits and was second with a .500 average and a .625 on-base percentage while adding two extra-base hits and four walks.
|Date||Player of the Week||Pitcher of the Week||Newcomer of the Week|
|February 22||Stephen Smith, Texas Tech, Jr., OF||BJ Myers, West Virginia, So., RHP||Luken Baker, TCU, Fr., LHP/DH|
|February 29||KC Huth, West Virginia, Sr., OF||Ty Culbreth, Texas, Sr., LHP||Jake Scudder, K-State, Jr., 1B|
|March 7||Jake Wodtke, K-State, Jr., 2B||Daniel Castano, Baylor, Jr., LHP
Tyler Buffett, Oklahoma State, Jr., RHP
|Luken Baker, TCU, Fr., LHP/DH|
|March 14||Dustin Williams, Oklahoma State, Jr., 1B||Ben Krauth, Kansas, Sr., LHP||Josh Rolette, K-State, Fr., C/DH|
|March 21||Tanner Gardner, Texas Tech, So., OF||Trey Cobb, Oklahoma State, Jr., RHP||Davis Martin, Texas Tech, Fr., RHP|
|March 28||Tres Barrera, Texas, Jr., 3B/C||Tyler Buffett, Oklahoma State, Jr., RHP||Josh Bissonette, Baylor, Fr., INF|
|April 4||Eric Gutierrez, Texas Tech, Sr., 1B
Jackson Cramer, West Virginia, Jr., 1B
|Jensen Elliott, Oklahoma State, Fr., RHP||J.R. Davis, Oklahoma State, Jr., 2B|
|April 11||Michael Davis, Texas Tech, So., 2B||Dalton Horton, TCU, Fr., LHP||Kyle Gray, West Virginia, Fr., 2B/OF|