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Miller Takes Big 12 Honor

March 9, 2009

IRVING, Texas — Baylor’s Aaron Miller was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Miller was so honored for the first time in his career. He is the first Bear to earn the league’s player of the week honor since Ben Booker did so the first week of April last season. Oklahoma’s Ryan Duke was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.

Meanwhile, Baylor moved up one spot to No. 5 in this week’s Baseball America Top 25. This is Baylor’s first regular-season top-five ranking since being ranked third during the final week of the 2000 regular season. Three Big 12 teams are ranked in this week’s top five, and the Bears face each of the other two this week. Texas moved into the No. 1 spot, while Texas A&M also climbed one spot to No. 3.

Miller, a junior from Channelview, Texas, excelled both on the mound and at the plate last week, guiding the Bears to a 4-0 record that included victories over 13th-ranked TCU and fifth-ranked UC Irvine. The southpaw earned the victory with 5.0 shutout innings in the Bears’ 2-1 victory Wednesday at TCU.

At the plate, Miller was 5-for-12 with two homers, eight RBI, six runs scored and four walks. He hit safely in all four games during the week, extending his hitting streak to a career-long eight games.

Miller was named Most Outstanding Player honors at the QTI Baylor Classic for the second consecutive year, going 4-for-8 in the three-game event. He was 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored Friday against South Alabama. Miller capped the weekend by going 1-for-2 with three walks Sunday against UAB; his one hit was the first grand slam of his career and tied the game at 8-8 in the seventh, keying the Bears’ biggest comeback since 2005.

This marks the fourth consecutive year in which at least one Bear has earned player of the week honors. Miller is the 15th Baylor player so honored in the league’s 13-year history, joining Mike Huggins (three times), Jon Topolski (twice), Charley Carter (twice), Chris Durbin (twice), Josh Ford (twice), Jaime Bubela, Matt Williams, Ross Bennett, Tim Hartshorn, Michael Griffin, Paul Witt, Chase Gerdes, Beamer Weems and Booker.



Baylor returns to action Wednesday, traveling to Austin, Texas, for a non-conference game at top-ranked Texas. First pitch between the Bears and the Longhorns (12-1) is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CDT at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Monday, March 9, 2009
1. Texas (12-1)
2. North Carolina (10-2)
3. Texas A&M (11-3)
4. LSU (10-2)
5. BAYLOR (10-2)
6. Cal State Fullerton (9-2)
7. Arizona State (11-1)
8. Georgia (12-0)
9. Rice (8-4)
10. UC Irvine (7-4)
11. Pepperdine (9-3)
12. TCU (9-2)
13. Miami-FL (10-2)
14. Ole Miss (7-3)
15. Oklahoma (12-3)
16. Georgia Tech (9-1)
17. Coastal Carolina (12-1)
18. Arkansas (9-2)
19. Oklahoma State (9-2)
20. San Diego (8-6)
21. Kent State (7-2)
22. Clemson (6-4)
23. Oregon State (7-3)
24. Cal Poly (8-2)
25. UC Santa Barbara (9-2)

2009 Baylor opponents in bold

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