Kansas reliever Jordan Pilcher, a candidate for National Stopper of the Year, was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, the third time he has received the honor this season. At the same time, the conference Player of the Week award went to Walt Frazier of West Virginia, and right-hander Mark Robinette of Oklahoma State was named Pitcher of the Week.
Pilcher had a hand in four Kansas wins last week, pitching a total of 6 1/3 innings and giving up just one run in wins over Wichita State and a three-game sweep of Baylor, which moved the Jayhawks to within a half-game of first place in the conference standings. Pilcher lowered his nation-leading ERA to 0.72 for the year. He earned his sixth victory of the year, to go with two losses, in KU’s series-opening win over Baylor Friday night.
Pilcher also was named Newcomer of the Week for the weeks of April 8 and April 15.
Frazier, a designated hitter for West Virginia, batted .556, going five for nine with three runs, three RBI, four doubles and three walks in three of four games last week, including a series win over visiting Oklahoma, the country’s 11th-ranked team last week (USA Today Coaches’ Poll).
Robinette, a right-handed starter for Oklahoma State, threw a complete-game, six-hit shutout in the Cowboys’ series-final 3-0 win over Texas Tech on Sunday.The shutout and complete game were career firsts for the Cowboy junior. IUn accenting the win, no Texas Tech base runner made it beyond second base in the game.
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