IRVING -- Texas A&M sophomore Travis Starling (Yoakum, Texas) was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Pitcher of the Week by a select media panel, the league office announced Monday.
Starling, who earned the first weekly honor of his career, picked up a win and a save to lead A&M to their first-ever Big 12 sweep of Baylor this past weekend.
Called on to protect a 2-1, ninth-inning lead over the Bears Friday night at Olsen Field, Starling retired Baylor’s 4-5-6 hitters in order to pick up his eighth save of the year.
On Sunday in Waco, Starling threw a career-high four innings and picked up the victory in A&M’s 13-12, 11-inning win over Baylor. Included in that outing was a stretch during the ninth and 10th innings where he retired six of seven, setting the stage for Texas A&M to score the game-winner the next frame.
Starling is 6-0 with eight saves on the season and sports a 2.22 ERA. He is five saves shy of tying the Aggie single season record of 13, set by Scott Beerer in 2003.
It was the second weekly honor for A&M in 2008, as freshman Brooks Raley earned co-pitcher of the week honors on March 10. Starling became the 17th Aggie pitcher to win the award.
Oklahoma State’s Neil Medchill was named Big 12 Player of the Week.
No. 6 Texas A&M (33-7) returns to action Tuesday when the Aggies open a four-game homestand against Texas State. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Olsen Field.
BIG 12 BASEBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
Feb 25 – Tyrone Hambly, Okla. St. Feb. 25 – Kendal Volz, Baylor
Mar 3 – Rebel Riding, Okla. St. Mar 3 – Michael Rocha, Oklahoma
Mar 10 – Roger Kieschnick, Texas Tech Mar 10 – Brooks Raley, A&M / Johnny Dorn, Nebraska
Mar 17 – Craig Corriston, Nebraska Mar 17 – Shawn Tolleson, Baylor
Mar 24 – Nick Sullivan, Nebraska Mar 24 – Aaron Crow, Missouri
Mar 31 – Doug Thennis, Texas Tech Mar 31 – Lance Hoge, Kansas State
Apr 7 – Ben Booker, Baylor Apr 7 – Aaron Crow, Missouri
Apr 14 – Jacob Priday, Missouri Apr 14 – Andrew Oliver, Oklahoma State
Apr 21 – Neil Medchill, Oklahoma State Apr 21 – Travis Starling, A&M