Texas shortstop Taylor Thom and Oklahoma pitcher Kelsey Stevens have earned Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week honors. Stevens earned her second weekly award this season, while Thom tallied her third.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Taylor Thom, Texas, Sr., Shortstop, Cedar Park, Texas
The Cedar Park, Texas native hit an astounding .727 on the week, going 8-for-11 at the dish with seven runs scored. She hit three home runs, including her fifth career grand slam in Wednesday’s game against Texas State, and produced nine RBIs through the team’s four games.
Over the course of the week, she raised her batting average by 32 points (.357 to .389). Thom, who was a Big 12 First Team honoree and NFCA Third Team All-American in 2013, is one of eight players hitting .300 or better for the Longhorns, who are ranked third in the nation in hitting (.348), this season.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week
Kelsey Stevens, Oklahoma, So., RHP, Albuquerque, N.M.
Stevens started and won all four of Oklahoma’s games last week, throwing three shutouts in the process. She gave up just two runs in 21.0 innings for a 0.67 ERA with 21 strikeouts and seven walks.
In a 2-0 win over Oklahoma State, Stevens allowed just six hits and two walks while striking out eight. Between the fourth and seventh innings, she retired 10 straight batters. Stevens allowed just one hit with five strikeouts and two walks on 66 pitches in game one against Kansas.The third shutout of the week came in the finale for Stevens, whose record improved to 20-5. She allowed just two hits to go with three strikeouts and three walks. After giving up a leadoff single, Stevens settled in and retired the next 10 batters she saw until a one-out walk in the fourth.
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.|
|April 9||Taylor Thom, Texas, Sr.||Kelsey Stevens, Oklahoma, So.|