Big 12 baseball notebook: Baylor's Davis Wendzel, Texas Tech's Josh Jung split Player of the Year honors
Baylor third baseman Davis Wendzel and Texas Tech shortstop Josh Jung shared Big 12 Player of the Year honors as voted by the league’s coaches.
West Virginia’s Alex Manoah was named Pitcher of the Year while Mountaineers coach Randy Mazey earned Coach of the Year honors.
Kansas State’s Jordan Wicks was named Freshman of the Year, and TCU’s Jake Guenther earned Newcomer of the Year honors.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each had one player on the first team, with Sooners sophomore pitcher/designated hitter Cade Cavalli named to the team as a utility player and Cowboys outfielder Trevor Boone making the squad.
Oklahoma State had four players on the second team — Christian Funk, Andrew Navigato (infielders), Colin Simpson (utility) and Jensen Elliott (pitcher).
Oklahoma had two more players on the second team — pitchers Levi Prater and Jason Ruffcorn.
Each had four players named as honorable mentions. For the Cowboys, it was Peyton Battenfield, Ben Leeper, Carson McCusker and Hueston Morrill. For the Sooners, Tyler Hardman, Brady Lindsly, Nathan Wiles and Brandon Zaragoza were honored.
Oklahoma State’s Brett Standlee and Morrill and Oklahoma’s Ben Abram and Wyatt Olds were named to the All-Freshman team.
Cavalli to start for Sooners
After not pitching last weekend in Oklahoma’s series win at Texas, Cavalli will get the start for the Sooners in Wednesday’s Big 12 Tournament opener against Baylor at 4 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Cavalli (5-2, 2.93 ERA) missed two starts due to a stress reaction in his forearm in late April and early May before returning for Bedlam two weeks ago.
The sophomore was held out of last weekend’s series after the Sooners clinched a spot in the Big 12 Tournament field, with Oklahoma coach Skip Johnson wanting to keep him fresh for the tournament.