Landis Ware (Baylor) and Michael Rocha (Oklahoma) have been selected the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the games of Feb. 28-March 6. Gabe Weidenaar (Oklahoma State) has been named Newcomer of the Week, in voting by a panel of media covering the Conference. Rocha is being honored for the second time in his career while it is the first weekly award for Ware and Weidenaar.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Landis Ware, Baylor, SS, Sr., 5-11, 180, Chandler, Ariz./Chandler
Ware hit .578 (7-for-13) with a double, two runs and four RBIs last week. The Chandler, Ariz.-native recorded three multi-hit contests at the Houston College Classic. He scored the game-winning run after leading off the 10th inning with a double against No. 21 Rice on Sunday. Ware was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs, one RBI and a stolen base in the victory over the Owls. Ware went 2-for-2 with a walk, sacrifice fly and two RBIs in the opening 5-2 win versus Houston. He accounted for half of BU's hits in a 2-for-3 effort with one RBI in the 4-3 loss to Utah on Saturday. Ware played errorless defense in 16 chances at shortstop during the week.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Michael Rocha, Oklahoma, RHP, Sr., 5-11, 215, Buda, Texas/Hays
The senior captain won his third straight start with a complete-game shutout at San Diego State on Thursday. Rocha allowed just six base runners off of five hits and a walk in nine innings against the Aztecs. He also struck out five batters to lower his ERA on the season to 0.78. Rocha tossed a career-high 120 pitches in the game and has thrown seven or more innings in each of his three starts this season. The Buda, Texas right-handed hurler has 19 strikeouts and two walks in 23 innings pitched and just 13 hits allowed.
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Gabe Weidenaar, Oklahoma State, OF, Jr., 6-3, 195, Bozeman, Mont./College of Southern Nevada
Weidenaar, the Cowboys' center fielder, was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Dairy Queen Classic in Tucson, Ariz., where he led OSU to the tournament title. He had multiple-hit efforts in all three games, including a 4-for-6 performance against Minnesota on Sunday -- the victory clinched the championship for the Cowboys. The College of Southern Nevada-transfer finished the weekend with a team-high nine hits in 17 trips to the plate while hitting .529. Weidenaar registered a pair of doubles, four RBIs, a stolen base and four runs, while tallying 11 total bases and a .647 slugging percentage.