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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Bryce Elder recognized as Big 12 releases a mostly Longhorn-free all-conference team

Posted May 21st, 2019

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The Big 12 released its all-conference team on Tuesday, but not many Longhorns made the cut.

Bryce Elder, a sophomore pitcher, has been honored with a second-team designation by the conference’s head coaches. Lance Ford, Blair Henley, Eric Kennedy, Ryan Reynolds and Zach Zubia were each honorable mentions. Kennedy also earned a spot on the Big 12’s all-freshman team.

On Tuesday, West Virginia’s Randy Mazey won the coaching award that belonged to UT’s David Pierce in 2018. Ex-UT star Kody Clemens was named the Big 12’s Player of the Year last season, but that honor will now be split between Baylor’s Davis Wendzel and Texas Tech’s Josh Jung. West Virginia’s Alek Manoah (pitcher of the year), Kansas State’s Jordan Wicks (freshman of the year) and TCU’s Jake Guenther (newcomer of the year) were the conference’s other big winners.

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A three-time recipient of the conference’s weekly award for pitchers, Elder made 13 starts in 2019. He posted a 2.93 ERA and 86 strikeouts. The first-time starter held his own in duels with the first-team arms of Manoah, TCU’s Nick Lodolo and Kansas’ Ryan Zeferjahn. Elder, however, was only 2-4 as UT averaged just 3.5 runs in his starts.

Kennedy, who has two older brothers who played at Texas, was a mainstay in UT’s outfield this spring. With a .310 batting average, Kennedy became the first freshman to lead Texas in hitting since Erich Weiss in 2011. Additionally, his 41 runs ranked second among the Longhorns.

Texas went 27-27 this season. The Longhorns finished in ninth place in the Big 12 standings and missed the conference tournament.

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