Davis Duren (Oklahoma State), Michael Rocha (Oklahoma) and Lucas Kephart (Texas) have earned Phillips 66 Big 12 baseball weekly honors for games of March 28-April 3, in voting by a panel of media covering the Conference. Rocha earns his second Pitcher of the Week nod for 2011, having collected the honor previously on March 7. While this is his third career award, he is just the second Sooner hurler to pick up the distinction twice in the same season. Duren, Player of the Week, and Kephart, Newcomer of the Week, garner their first career selections.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Davis Duren, Oklahoma State, Sr., 2B, 6-0, 194, Tulsa, Okla. (Union HS)
Duren led OSU to three wins in four games last week, including helping the Cowboys to their first road series win over Nebraska since 1997. The senior second baseman hit .471 (8-for-17) with two home runs, a double and a team-best seven RBI. He also racked up 15 total bases and turned in an .882 slugging percentage. Against NU, Duren was 8-for-13 at the plate with a 1.154 slugging percentage. He had multiple hits in all three contests, including a pair of three-hit games, and in the series clinching win on Saturday, he was 3-for-4 with a season-high four RBI. The senior's hot hitting saw him raise his season batting average 28 points to .318.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Michael Rocha, Oklahoma, Sr., RHP, 5-11, 209, Buda, Texas (Hays H.S.)
Rocha tossed his second complete game of 2011, and third of his career, with nine innings of three-hit baseball last Friday against Texas Tech. The Buda, Texas, native improved to 7-0 on the season to lead the nation in victories. In the series opener, Rocha allowed a run in the first, but then blanked the Red Raiders over the final eight frames with five strikeouts. He gave up all three hits in the first three frames, and after giving up a leadoff single in the third, he retired 14 straight until the seventh inning. The hit batter in the seventh was the only base runner he allowed past the leadoff hitter in the third frame. Rocha has lasted at least seven innings in all seven starts with five or more strikeouts in each outing. The senior is tied for the Big 12 lead with two complete games and ranks second with 55.2 innings pitched and a .154 opponent batting average, third with a 0.97 ERA and fifth with 47 strikeouts.
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Lucas Kephart, Texas, Jr., DH, 5-11, 200, Arroyo Grande, Calif. (Sacramento City College)
Kephart helped lead UT to a three-game sweep of Missouri last weekend with seven RBI. In the opening game, Kephart went 2-for-3 with one walk and two RBI. In the fifth inning, with two outs and the Horns trailing 4-1, Kephart roped a single up the middle to plate a pair of runs and cut the Tiger lead to 4-3. The base knock sparked a rally as Texas would go on to win 5-4. On Saturday, Kephart drove in all five of the Longhorns' runs in a 5-2 victory. He registered a two-run single in the first, knocked in a run with a groundout in the third and whacked a two-run double in the fifth. On Sunday, the junior drew a pair of walks and scored two runs.
2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Weekly Awards
|Date||Player of the Week||Pitcher of the Week||Newcomer of the Week|
|Feb. 21||Garrett Buechele, Oklahoma, 3B, Jr.||Taylor Jungmann, Texas, RHP, Jr.||Kelby Tomlinson, Texas Tech, SS, Jr.|
|Feb. 28||Garrett Buechele, Oklahoma, 3B, Jr.||John Stilson, Texas A&M, RHP, Jr.||Jordan John, Oklahoma, LHP, Fr.-RS|
|March 7||Landis Ware, Baylor, SS, Sr.||Michael Rocha, Oklahoma, RHP, Sr.||Gabe Weidenaar, Oklahoma State, OF, Jr.|
|March 14||Chris Slater, Baylor, OF, Sr.||Logan Verrett, Baylor, RHP, Sr.||Chris Marlowe, Oklahoma State, RHP, Jr.
Erich Weiss, Texas, 3B, Fr.
|March 21||Stephen Hagen, Texas Tech, 1B, Jr.||Ross Stripling, Texas A&M, RHP, Jr.||Andre Wheeler, Texas Tech, OF, Fr.|
|March 28||Jamodrick McGruder, Texas Tech, 2B, So.||Brad Propst, Oklahoma State, RHP, Sr.||Krey Bratsen, Texas A&M, OF, Fr.|
|April 4||Davis Duren, Oklahoma State, 2B, Sr.||Michael Rocha, Oklahoma, RHP, Sr.||Lucas Kephart, Texas, DH, Jr.|