Oklahoma outfielder Kady Self and Kansas pitcher Kelsey Kessler have earned Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week honors. Self and Kessler helped each squad start 3-0 in conference play. Kansas has claimed a weekly honor in four-consecutive weeks to tie the school record for weekly honors in a season set in 2006.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Kady Self, Oklahoma, So., Outfielder, Edmond, Okla.
Self was nearly unstoppable in the Sooners’ three-game series sweep at Iowa State. Self reached safely in her first nine plate appearances on the weekend, starting the weekend 7-for-7 with three home runs, a double and two walks before flying out to center field in the second inning of Sunday’s contest.
For the week, Self led the Sooners in runs (7), hits (7), home runs (3), total bases (17) and slugging (1.889). In Friday’s opener, Self finished 3-3 with a pair of home runs, three runs scored and five runs batted in to establish career highs in each category.
Self followed that performance Saturday by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBI, a home run and a walk.
On Sunday, she picked up another double and a walk as Oklahoma extended its winning streak over the Cyclones to 21 games.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week
Kelsey Kessler, Kansas, So., RHP, Blue Springs, Mo.
Kessler went 2-0 last weekend and tossed 18 scoreless innings helping Kansas to a 3-0 start to Big 12 play - the best start for the Jayhawks since opening the 1997 season 9-0. In addition to starting two games, Kessler also made a relief appearance where she recorded her second save of the season.
In each of her starts, Kessler struck out 13 batters and has recorded double-digit strikeout efforts in seven games this season. In her relief appearance, Kessler struck out five batters in two scoreless innings pitched.
On the week, the sophomore struck out 31 batters, threw two complete games and recorded 18 scoreless innings. She allowed one unearned run and 14 hits as opposing teams hit .194 against her. She was 2-0 with a save and a 0.00 ERA in three appearances.
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.|
|March 4||Lindsey Stephens, Texas, So.||Heather Stearns, Baylor, So.|
|March 11||Whitney Ellis, Oklahoma, So.||Kelsey Stevens, Oklahoma, So.|
|Chaley Brickey, Kansas, So.|
|March 18||Sydni Emanuel, Texas Tech, Fr.||Alicia Pille, Kansas, Jr.|
|March 25||Harli Ridling, Kansas, Fr.||Gretchen Aucoin, Texas Tech, So.|
|April 1||Kady Self, Oklahoma, So.||Kelsey Kessler, Kansas, So.|