To the victor go the spoils.
Texas juniors Kody Clemens, Nolan Kingham and Masen Hibbeler have been respectively named the Big 12’s player, pitcher and newcomer of the week, the league announced on Monday. Over the weekend, the trio of Longhorns guided Texas to a sweep of TCU and the Big 12’s championship.
Texas (37-18) also recorded a 6-2 win over Texas State last week.
Last week, Clemens batted .333 with four runs and six RBIs over UT’s four wins against Texas State and TCU. Over the course of four at-bats against TCU, Clemens hit three two-run home runs. The second of those homers was a walk-off blast in Friday’s 5-3 victory.
The Big 12 will name its player of the year on Tuesday. As Texas’ leader in batting average (.344), home runs (19), RBIs (61) and runs (53), Clemens should contend for the award, which was last won by a Longhorns in 2007.
Following the Big 12 championship game, Clemens told reporters that he hoped to win the award. Teammate Jake McKenzie vouched for Clemens’ credentials.
Is Texas 2B Kody Clemens the Big 12 Player of the Year?
Texas 1B Jake McKenzie: "That's a silly question, I think. It's pretty obvious. He's the most-clutch player I've ever seen. He's literally the GOAT… 19 HRs now, all in big situations, helping us win games."#HookEm pic.twitter.com/ArjQupdphM
— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) May 19, 2018
Kingham went the distance against the Horned Frogs in a 3-2 win on Thursday. Over his nine-inning shift, Kingham allowed six hits and one walk. He struck out six batters and retired the Horned Frogs in order in six different innings.
A left fielder, Hibbeler hit .385 over 13 at-bats last week. His two RBIs backed Kingham in the beating of the Horned Frogs on Thursday. In Saturday’s 7-3 win, he led off a five-run fourth inning with a double.
It was the second time this season that each of these players have been acknowledged by the Big 12.
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