March 17, 2008
IRVING, Texas -- Baylor right-hander Shawn Tolleson was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Tolleson was so honored after tossing a complete-game, two-hit shutout in Baylor's 3-0 victory over then-No. 23 Oklahoma State last Saturday night at Baylor Ballpark. Nebraska first baseman Craig Corriston was named Big 12 Player of the Week.
This is the first time Tolleson, a redshirt freshman from Fairview, Texas, has been so honored. He is the 13th Baylor pitcher to earn the weekly honor in the league's 12-year history, joining Kris Lambert, Jason Jennings (four times), Chad Hawkins, Kyle Evans (twice), Steven White (twice), Jared Theodorakos, Cory VanAllen (three times), Mark McCormick (four times), Abe Woody, Ryan LaMotta, Wade Mackey and Kendal Volz. Baylor has produced at least one Big 12 Pitcher of the Week each season in the league's existence save 2003.
Tolleson tossed the complete-game shutout in only the fourth start of his career. In fact, only VanAllen, who was honored after his first career start, earned Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors earlier in his career. Tolleson is the second Baylor pitcher in four weeks this season to be named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, joining Volz who won the season's first honor.
It was Baylor's first shutout since Mackey's two-hit gem in a 3-0 victory at then-No. 23 TCU last season. Tolleson's was the Bears' first in a Big 12 game since April 7, 2006, when LaMotta tossed a three-hit shutout in Baylor's 14-0 victory over Oklahoma State.
A product of Allen High School, Tolleson held the final 22 batters of the game hitless, allowing a two-out single in the second and a one-out bunt single in the third. He retired 13 of the game's final 14 batters, allowing only a leadoff walk in the ninth. Tolleson used only 108 pitches and exceeded 16 pitches in an inning only once - a 21-pitch second. He also tallied six strikeouts, a career high.
Baylor returns to action Tuesday, March 18, hosting Sam Houston State for a midweek game at Baylor Ballpark. First pitch between the Bears and the Bearkats is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CDT.