IRVING -- Texas A&M junior shortstop José Duran (Fort Worth, Texas) was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week by a select media panel, the league office announced Monday.
In earning the first weekly honor of his career, Duran hit a team-high .421 in four road games last week with a home run, eight RBI and six runs scored. The junior, who featured a team-best .542 on-base percentage, hit safely in all four contests and racked up three multi-hit games. Five of his eight RBI came with two outs.
Duran, a strong candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year, leads the league in hits (89) and ranks second in batting average (.394) and total bases (129) while sitting two back of the conference lead in RBI (57). He has hit safely in 44 of A&M’s 52 games in 2008, and has 29 multi-hit games on the year. Duran carries a 22-game hit streak, the second longest in school history, into the final four games of the regular season.
It was the fourth weekly honor for A&M in 2008 and second on the offensive side. Junior Luke Anders earned player of the week honors on April 28, while freshman Brooks Raley (March 10) and sophomore Travis Starling (April 21) earned pitcher of the week accolades. Duran became the 14th Aggie all-time to win the award.
Mizzou’s Kyle Gibson was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.
No. 7 Texas A&M returns to action Tuesday when the Aggies (42-10) travel to Arlington to face UT Arlington (22-29). First pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark on the UTA campus is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate beginning two hours prior to first pitch.
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
Apr 28 – Luke Anders, Texas A&M Apr 28 – Brad Hutt, Kansas State
May 5 – John Allman, Kansas May 5 – Kenn Kasparek, Texas
May 12 – José Duran, Texas A&M May 12 – Kyle Gibson, Missouri