Texas shortstop Taylor Thom and Kansas pitcher Alicia Pille have earned Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week honors. Thom picks up back-to-back player of the week honors as Pille claimed her second pitcher of the week award this season.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Taylor Thom, Texas, Sr., Shortstop, Cedar Park, Texas
Thom continued her hot streak when the Longhorns visited Iowa State this past weekend. Thom went 4-for-7 (.571) with 7 runs scored and 8 RBIs in the series. She blasted two home runs during the three-game set, including her second grand slam of the season in Friday’s series opener to go along with four walks and four runs scored in a 1-for-1 day. In the finale, she scored three more runs and drove in four more RBI in her 3-for-3 effort to help Texas complete the Big 12 series sweep. For the weekend, the Cedar Park native slugged 1.714.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week
Alicia Pille, Kansas, Jr., RHP, Royse City, Texas
Pille’s sixth shutout of the season paced Kansas to a, 5-0, victory over UMKC on Tuesday evening at Missouri 3&2 Complex.
Pille, a Royse City, Texas, native, had a perfect game intact with two outs to go in the seventh inning before the Kangaroos recorded their lone hit. Pille sat down 19 batters in order in her one-hitter and faced a total of 22 batters, which is one over the minimum.
In her 15th start of the season, Pille struck out eight and tossed seven scoreless innings. Her ERA dropped to 2.02 on the year after hurling a complete-game shutout. The shutout over the ‘Roos marks the second-straight shutout for Pille and the Jayhawks over UMKC dating back to the last appearance in 2013. With the win, Pille improves to 10-3 on the season.
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.|
|April 15||Taylor Thom, Texas, Sr.||Alicia Pille, Kansas, Jr.|