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Best softballer in the Big 12? Texas’ Thom

Posted May 13th, 2014

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Texas shortstop Taylor Thom was named the Big 12’s player of the year today.

Thom joins Amy Hooks as the only Longhorns to earn the honor.

Thom, the former Vista Ridge High School standout, also earned her third All-Big 12 first-team honor.

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In league play, Thom hit .417 with four homers, 14 RBIs, 19 runs scored and a .769 slugging percentage. Thom, who owns UT’s all-time career RBIs record, was one of two players (Baylor’s Jordan Strickland was the other) to gather multiple Big 12 player of the week awards this season, as she earned the honor in back-to-back weeks (April 9 and April 15)

Freshman pitcher Tiarra Davis was the conference’s freshman of the year, becoming the seventh rookie award winner from Texas and the first since 2011 (Thom).

Davis also was a first-team honoree and led the Big 12 in starts (17) and complete games (12) during league play. The freshman finished tied for second in wins, going 10-5 in conference play. Davis tossed four shutouts and posted a 2.01 ERA while holding opponents to a .223 batting average.

Senior catcher Mandy Ogle also earned first-team accolades, while senior outfielder Brejae Washington and freshman third baseman Devon Tunning took second-team honors. Washington’s selection was her third in her career.

Ogle, Thom and Washington also were selected to the league’s All-Defensive Team.

All-Big 12 and postseason honors are selected in a vote by the league’s head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players. This year’s list had at least one student-athlete make either the first or second team from all seven Big 12 teams.

Texas returns to action on Friday when it takes on Mississippi State in the opening game at the NCAA Lafayette Regional. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Lamson Park, and will be televised on ESPN3.

ALL-BIG 12 SOFTBALL TEAM

Coach of the Year
Patty Gasso, Oklahoma

Player of the Year
Taylor Thom, Texas, INF

Pitcher of the Year
Whitney Canion, Baylor, LHP

Freshman of the Year
Tiarra Davis, Texas, P/DP

All-Big 12 First Team
Whitney Canion, Baylor, Sr., P
Taylor Thom, Texas, Sr., INF
Kady Self, Oklahoma, So., OF
Georgia Casey, Oklahoma, Jr., INF/P
Shelby Davis, Oklahoma State, Jr., OF
Kelsey Stevens, Oklahoma, So., P
Tiarra Davis, Texas, Fr., P
Mandy Ogle, Texas, Sr., C
Brittany Williams, Oklahoma, Sr., OF/INF
Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma, Jr., INF/P
Kaitlyn Thumann, Baylor, Jr., OF
Sydni Emanuel, Texas Tech, Fr., OF

All-Big 12 Second Team
Linsey Hays, Baylor, So.., DP/OF
Devon Tunning, Texas, Fr., INF
Jordan Strickland, Baylor, Jr., INF
Sarah Hawryluk, Iowa State, Sr., OF
Brejae Washington, Texas, Sr., OF
Simone Freeman, Oklahoma State, Sr., P
Cassie McClure, Texas Tech, Fr., INF/RHP
Brittany Gomez, Iowa State, So., OF
Chaley Brickey, Kansas, So., INF
Clare Hosack, Baylor, Sr., C
Whitney Ellis, Oklahoma, So., C
Gretchen Aucoin, Texas Tech, So., RHP/INF

All-Big 12 Defensive Team
Brittany Williams, Oklahoma, Sr.,1B
Maddie Stein, Kansas, Jr., 1B
Jorden Spendlove, Iowa State, Jr., 1B
Georgia Casey, Oklahoma, Jr., 2B
Taylor Thom, Texas, Sr., SS
Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma, Sr., 3B
Brejae Washington, Texas, Sr., OF
Destinee Martinez, Oklahoma, Sr., OF
Shelby Davis, Oklahoma State, Jr., OF
Clare Hosack, Baylor, Sr., C
Mandy Ogle, Texas, Sr., C
Kelsey Stevens, Oklahoma, So., P

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