Feb. 27, 2012
This marks the third time in program history the Bears have had the Big 12’s Player and Pitcher of the Week at the same time. Chris Slater and Logan Verrett were honored on March 14 last season, and Josh Ford and Mark McCormick earned the awards on March 22, 2004.
The weekly awards were the first career honors for both Vick, a junior outfielder from Kerrville, Texas, and Blank, a senior right-handed pitcher from Columbia, Ill.
Blank went 2-0 and allowed only one hit – a single – in 7.0 innings over two appearances last week. He earned both wins against ranked opponents, knocking off No. 15 TCU at home on Tuesday and going on the road to beat No. 22 UCLA on Friday.
Blank threw 4.0 no-hit innings in a pre-determined short start against the Horned Frogs. He struck out two, threw 62 pitches and helped the Bears carry a no-hitter through 7.2 innings in a 7-1 win. Three days later, Blank tossed 3.0 innings of shutout relief on only 30 pitches in a 15-3 win at UCLA.
Vick hit .400 (8-for-20) with four doubles, a home run, five RBI, four runs scored and one stolen base to help the Bears to a 3-2 record for the week. He drew four walks and struck out just once, posting a .480 on-base percentage and a .750 slugging percentage for the week.
Vick had a single, a sacrifice fly and a walk in Tuesday’s win over TCU, and he walked twice in Wednesday’s win against Texas State at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Vick doubled in four consecutive at-bats in the Bears’ series-opening win at UCLA on Friday, coming one double shy of Jeremy Dodson’s school and NCAA Division I record for doubles in a game set on March 24, 1998 against Hardin Simmons. Vick also singled and stole a base in the second game at UCLA and hit a solo home run and a single in the series finale.
The Bears, ranked No. 21 in the ESPN/USATODAY Coaches Top 25 Poll, return to action with five games at home this week. Baylor takes on Sam Houston State at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday before hosting UC Irvine and Lamar for the QTI Baylor Classic Friday through Sunday at Baylor Ballpark.