April 6, 2009
IRVING, Texas — Baylor shortstop Shaver Hansen was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Hansen is the second Baylor player so honored this season; Aaron Miller earned the conference’s weekly honor last month. Kansas right-hander T.J. Walz was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.
A junior from Grand Junction, Colo., Hansen was 7-for-20 in five games last week with five home runs, seven RBI, eight runs, a double, 23 total bases and a 1.150 slugging percentage. He tied a Baylor single-game record with three home runs in Sunday’s series finale at Kansas, becoming the fifth player in Baylor history to accomplish the feat. Hansen was the third Bear to homer three times in a Big 12 game and the first to do so since 1999.
Hansen’s third home run Sunday was Baylor’s eighth of the game, tying a single-game school record and establishing a single-game school record for a conference game. Hansen has eight home runs in his last 10 games, going deep in six of those 10 games.
With 11 home runs on the season, Hansen leads the Big 12 in round-trippers; he also leads the conference with six homers in league games. Hansen is the first Baylor infielder with 10-plus home runs in a season since Michael Griffin had 10 in 2004. Hansen’s 11 are the most by a Baylor infielder since 1999 when Matt Williams had 19 and Eric Nelson had 17. Seven of Hansen’s homers have come while playing shortstop, two shy of Beamer Weem’s 2007 single-season school record.
Hansen is the 16th 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, Ben Booker and Miller.
Baylor returns to action Tuesday, hosting Northwestern State for a midweek game. First pitch between the Bears and Demons is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CDT at Baylor Ballpark.