Feb. 22, 2010
IRVING, Texas - Shawn Tolleson
has been tabbed Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball co-Pitcher of the Week for games played during the season's opening weekend, in voting by a panel of media covering the conference.
Tolleson struck out 11 Duke batters in 6.0 innings in his opening-day start for Baylor. He allowed three runs in the first inning, but bounced back to limit the Blue Devils to just two hits over the next five frames on his way to earning the win.
The Fairview, Texas native escaped a jam in the third inning when Duke had a pair of runners in scoring position with one out. Tolleson struck out each of the next two batters, starting a string of seven consecutive outs recorded by strikeout. Ten of the final 12 outs he recorded came via strikeout, with the two exceptions coming on a groundout and a caught stealing.
With 11 strikeouts, the junior right-hander fell one short of his career high, when he struck out 11 in a four-hit shutout of Kansas State in 2008.
It's the second time Tolleson has been named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. He was also honored on March 17, 2008, after turning in a two-hit shutout against 23rd-ranked Oklahoma State.
Tolleson shares this week's honor with Texas Tech's Chad Bettis, while Texas A&M's Brodie Greene was named Player of the Week.
The Bears return to action Wednesday, at 3 p.m., when they host No. 9 TCU at Baylor Ballpark.