Texas pitcher Bryce Elder (13) throws a pitch against West Virginia on April 26, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Days after duel, Bryce Elder pulls even with West Virginia’s Manoah on Big 12 medal stand

Posted April 29th, 2019

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Once again, Texas sophomore Bryce Elder has been named the Big 12’s pitcher of the week.

Elder was honored on Monday for his effort in a 3-2 loss to West Virginia on Friday. Then the 17th-ranked team in the D1Baseball poll, West Virginia struck out 13 times while mustering only two hits and two runs over Elder’s 7 2/3 innings. Elder retired the first 17 Mountaineers he faced and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. His 13 strikeouts were the most for a UT pitcher since Taylor Jungmann struck out 17 Iowa batters in 2010.

This is the third time that Elder has been named the Big 12’s pitcher of the week. West Virginia Alek Manoah, who opposed Elder this past weekend, is also a three-time recipient of the award. There have been 11 weeks in this baseball season.

Elder’s three award-winning performances have featured 29 strikeouts, 11 hits and four earned runs over 23 2/3 innings. Elder, however, has not been the pitcher of record in any of those games. Texas actually lost Elder’s starts against TCU and West Virginia. In its season opener, the Longhorns did beat Louisiana Lafayette in extra innings.

For the season, Elder is 2-3 with a 2.97 ERA. His next start will come at Kansas on Friday.

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