Baylor’s Jordan Strickland and Texas Tech’s Gretchen Aucoin have been named Big 12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week. Strickland was essential in claiming the series over Oklahoma State, while Aucoin helped lead the Red Raiders to a three-game sweep over a Big 12 opponent on the road for the first time in Tech history.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Jordan Strickland, Baylor, Jr., INF, Princeton, Texas
Strickland caught fire in the final two games of Baylor’s series at Oklahoma State homering twice in each game. In Friday’s 10-2 win over OSU, Strickland hit her second grand slam of the season and added a three-run homer later for good measure. She finished with a career-high seven RBI, which tied BU’s school record for most RBI vs. a Big 12 opponent.
In the series finale Saturday, Strickland struck again with two more home runs, a three-run shot off OSU ace Simone Freeman, and a two-run homer later in the ball game. All in all, she had four home runs and 12 RBI; she finished hitting 5 for 9 at the plate with four runs scored, and she reached safely in all three games of the series.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week
Gretchen Aucoin, Texas Tech, So., RHP, Ocean Springs, Miss.
Aucoin picked up all three victories in the circle for Texas Tech last weekend in a three-game sweep of Kansas at Lawrence. She closed the weekend with possibly the best performance of her career, tossing a three-hit shutout of the Jayhawks in a 1-0 victory that marked Tech’s first three-game series sweep of a Big 12 opponent ever on the road.
Aucoin struck out seven in the complete game shutout, her first in seven innings during her Tech career. She retired 12 of the final 13 batters she faced en route to allowing only four runners reach base in the game. The performance marked the first time the Red Raiders had pulled off a 1-0 victory since defeating UC Davis on May 22, 2010, during the NCAA Stanford Regional.
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.|
|April 22||Jordan Strickland, Baylor, Jr..||Gretchen Aucoin, Texas Tech, So.|