Baylor freshman Linsey Hays and Texas senior Blaire Luna have been named Big 12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the week for games March 1-3. It is Luna's first award of the season and 10th of her career. Hays picks up her first award and is the first freshman to earn the honor this season.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Linsey Hays, Baylor, Fr., OF, Brock, Texas
Hays helped guide the Lady Bears to a 4-1 mark at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational, including a 6-2 win over host No. 3 Arizona State. The redshirt freshman had a hit in all five games, batting .611 (11-for-18) with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. The freshman totaled 21 total bases, slugging 1.167 to go with a .579 on-base percentage. In the win over the previously unbeaten Sun Devils, Hays went 3-for-4 with a home run, run scored and two RBI.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week
Blaire Luna, Texas, Sr., RHP, Austin, Texas
Luna pitched 15.0 innings last week and earned a pair of victories over top-15 opponents by shutting out No. 15 Louisville 2-0 and earning a 7-2 win against No. 13 Louisiana. She recorded 26 strikeouts, good for an average of 1.73 per inning. Luna came within one out of the sixth no-hitter of her career against Louisville before a two-out double in the seventh inning spoiled the bid. She fanned 13 in the shutout performance and stretched her scoreless-inning streak to 36.1.
The Austin native has pitched 104 career games with five or more strikeouts and 55 contests with at least 10 K's. Her shutout of Louisiana was the 41st of her career. The win was the 89th of her career, putting her alone in fifth on the Big 12 career shutout chart and tied for eighth on the league's all-time wins list.
2013 Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week
|Feb. 12||Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma, So., INF||Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP|
|Feb. 19||Taylor Thom, Texas, Jr., INF||Michelle Gascoigne, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP|
|Feb. 26||Taylor Thom, Texas, Jr., INF||Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP|
|March 5||Linsey Hays, Baylor, Fr., OF||Blaire Luna, Texas, Sr., RHP|