Mitch Meyer (K-State), Tyler Nurdin (Oklahoma State) and Jake Matthys (K-State) have garnered the final set of Big 12 baseball weekly awards. For games played May 13-20, Meyer is the Big 12 Player of the Week, Nurdin is the Pitcher of the Week, and Matthys is the Newcomer of the Week.
This marks the second weekly honor of the season for both Nurdin and Matthys. Nurdin was the Newcomer of the Week on April 29, while Matthys won the same honor a week earlier on April 22.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mitch Meyer, Kansas State, So., DH/OF, Stilwell, Kan./Blue Valley
Meyer went 6-for-12 with a double and four RBI last week against No. 19 Oklahoma as he helped Kansas State capture its first-ever Big 12 Championship. On Friday, Meyer capped a three-run sixth inning with a two-RBI single against potential top draft pick, Jonathan Gray, getting the Wildcats to within a run at 4-3. K-State went on to win the game and clinch the regular-season title. After doubling and scoring in the sixth inning Saturday, Meyer came through in a similar situation in the seventh inning when he drove in a pair of runs on a single to put K-State up, 5-0, en route to the series-clinching victory. Meyer added three more hits on Sunday.
Meyer, who ranks seventh in the Big 12 with 17 RBI against league competition, is hitting .429 (15-for-35) with a double, two triples, two home runs, 13 RBI and seven runs scored.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Tyler Nurdin, Oklahoma State, So., LHP, Fort Worth, Texas/Temple JC
Nurdin tossed his second career shutout to lead Oklahoma State to a series-clinching 5-0 win over West Virginia. The southpaw faced just four batters over the minimum while allowing only four hits and striking out seven, one shy of his career high.
In improving to 4-2 on the season, Nurdin dominated one of the Big 12’s top offensive clubs. He retired the first eight WVU hitters and 13 of the first 14. In the fifth, the Mountaineers collected three of their four hits in the game, all singles, to load the bases with one out in a scoreless game, but Nurdin retired the next two hitters to get out of the jam.
Over the final four innings, the sophomore retired the side in order three times. The lone runner he allowed during that span came on a walk to open the eighth – his only free pass of the game – a runner he quickly erased on a fielder’s choice before ending the inning with a double play.
Nurdin’s shutout lowered his ERA to 1.76, which ranks fifth in the Big 12.
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Jake Matthys, Kansas State, Fr., RHP, Spring Lake Park, Minn./Spring Lake Park
Matthys helped Kansas State capture its first conference championship in 80 years as he earned a win and a save last weekend against No. 19 Oklahoma. The freshman relief pitcher, who has now seen time in 28 games this year, broke the K-State freshman record for wins on Friday as he improved to 8-0. His win total is also tied for ninth in a single-season in school history and is the most by a Wildcat relief pitcher in the Big 12 era. On Saturday, Matthys tied the Kansas State freshman record for saves by earning his sixth of the year.
Matthys is tied for first in the Big 12 in both overall and conference-only victories (5). He leads the league with 16 appearances in Big 12 play, while his five saves against league foes rank fifth. He ranks second and seventh, respectively, in the Big 12 in those overall categories.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 BASEBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
|Date||Player of the Week||Pitcher of the Week||Newcomer of the Week|
|Feb. 18||Matt Oberste, Oklahoma, Jr., INF||Dillon Overton, Oklahoma, Jr., LHP||Tanner Krietemeier, Oklahoma State, Jr., 1B|
|Feb. 25||Matt Oberste, Oklahoma, Jr., INF||Trey Masek, Texas Tech, Jr., RHP||Jacob Rice, West Virginia, Jr., OF|
|March 4||Cal Towey, Baylor, Sr., 3B||Max Garner, Baylor, Sr., RHP||Boomer White, TCU, Fr., DH/OF|
|March 11||Michael Suiter, Kansas, So., OF||Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma, Jr., RHP||Devon Conley, Texas Tech, Jr., OF|
|March 18||Zach Fish, Oklahoma State, So., RF||Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma, Jr., RHP||Jonny Drozd, Texas Tech, Jr., LHP|
|March 25||Tanner Witt, K-State, Sr., OF||Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, So., LHP||Jacob Evans, Oklahoma, Fr., LHP|
|April 1||Grayson Porter, Baylor, Jr., OF||Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma, Jr., RHP||Jake Barrios, Texas Tech, Jr., 3B|
|April 8||Jon Davis, K-State, Sr. OF||Dillon Peters, Texas, So., LHP||Jordan Piché, Kansas, Jr., RHP|
|April 15||Cal Towey, Baylor, Sr., 3B||Dillon Overton, Oklahoma, Jr., LHP||Jordan Piché, Kansas, Jr., RHP|
|April 22||Robbie Rea, Oklahoma State, Sr., 3B||Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, So., LHP||Jake Matthys, K-State, Fr., RHP|
|April 29||Lawton Langford, Baylor, Jr., 2B||Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, So., LHP||Tyler Nurdin, Oklahoma State, So., LHP|
|May 6||Matt Frazer, West Virginia, Jr., DH||Mark Robinette, Oklahoma State, Jr., RHP||Jordan Piché, Kansas, Jr., RHP|
|May 13||Gage Green, Oklahoma State, So., C/OF||Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, So., LHP||Hector Lorenzana, Oklahoma, Jr., 2B|
|May 20||Mitch Meyer, K-State, So., DH/OF||Tyler Nurdin, Oklahoma State, So., LHP||Jake Matthys, K-State, Fr., RHP|