March 17, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Baylor baseball starting pitcher Dillon Newman was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. The senior right-hander earned the honor for the first time in his career and is the third BU player to garner a weekly league honor this season.
The Belton, Texas, native returned to ace form in a 1-0 win last Friday vs. No. 23 Texas Tech. Newman's outstanding effort on the mound was a huge factor in Baylor snapping TTU's seven-game winning streak in which the Red Raiders had scored at least five runs in each of their last six games. In earning the win, Newman (2-1) gave up six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in a season-high seven innings pitched. Along the way he retired 13 consecutive TTU hitters in his second quality start of the season. On the year, Newman is 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA as he's given up nine earned runs on 28 hits and eight walks with 27 strikeouts.
Newman joins teammates closer Josh Michalec and outfielder Darryn Sheppard on the list of BU players to earn a weekly award from the league office this season. Michalec was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week last week to give the Bears back-to-back pitchers of the week for the first time since 2005, when Abe Woody (May 16, 2005) and Mark McCormick (May 23, 2005) did so. Michalec and Woody are the only two BU relievers to ever win the honor. Sheppard was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 17 after his first collegiate weekend of play.
Baylor continues its season-long, seven-game home stand this week with games against Houston Baptist and Oklahoma State. The Bears face HBU on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT. BU takes on OSU this weekend with games set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.