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Kody Clemens, David Pierce win top awards as Big 12 applauds Longhorns’ effort

Posted May 22nd, 2018

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The son of Longhorn royalty, Texas second baseman Kody Clemens was crowned by the Big 12 on Tuesday.

Clemens has been named the Big 12’s Player of the Year for the 2018 baseball season. Clemens, who is a junior, becomes the first Longhorn to win this award since Kyle Russell in 2007.

This spring, Clemens leads the Big 12 with his 19 home runs. Twelve of those home runs were hit in conference play, and one was a walk-off shot against TCU on May 18. The two-time winner of the conference’s player of the week award, Clemens also ranks among the league leaders in batting average (.344), RBIs (61) and runs (53).

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A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, Clemens led Texas to the Big 12’s championship.

UT head coach David Pierce (middle) talks to David Hamilton, left, and Duke Ellis after the UT Alumni Game in February. (Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

Clemens was joined on the first team of the Big 12’s all-conference team by fellow sophomore outfielder Duke Ellis and freshman designated hitter Zach Zubia. Ellis currently has a 15-game hitting streak and his .390 batting average in conference play was bested by only the .391 clip posted by West Virginia’s Kyle Gray (.390). Zubia recorded a 41-game on-base streak during his debut season, and he was a three-time winner of the conference’s newcomer of the week award.

Texas shortstop David Hamilton and pitchers Blair Henley and Andy McGuire earned second-team honors on the Big 12’s honor roll. The Big 12 also recognized David Pierce as the conference’s top coach.

Texas (37-18) will meet Kansas (26-28) at the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday. The first pitch at Oklahoma City’s Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is set for 12:30 p.m.

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