April 14, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Baylor baseball's Matt Menard was named Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Week, the league announced Monday. The honor is Menard's first of his career, the second such award for the Bears this season and fifth weekly accolade from the conference this year.
Menard enjoyed a solid week at the plate as he had a hit in all three games played to compile a .400 batting average (4-for-10), .500 slugging and on-base percentages with two RBI, two walks, one double and one run. On Friday at Dallas Baptist, he was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a double. In the first game of Saturday's doubleheader in Waco, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored. In the second game he was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. His three-game hitting streak is the second hitting streak of the season as he also had a four-game streak from March 23-April 1.
Overall, the redshirt freshman catcher from Bridge City, Texas, is hitting .260 in 30 games (27 starts) with 13 runs scored, eight RBI, eight walks, six doubles, one triple and one steal. His six doubles lead the team while he ranks second in total bases (33), third in average (.260), slugging percentage (.344) and hits (25). He's made just one error behind the plate and has caught six base stealers.
Menard, who shared the honor with TCU's Jordan Kipper, joins teammate Darryn Sheppard on the list of Baylor players to earn the rookie honor as Sheppard shared the award with Kansas' Aaron Hernandez on Feb. 17. Josh Michalec (March 10), Dillon Newman (March 17) and Austin Stone (March 24) were all named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week to round out Baylor's weekly league award winners this season. The trio marked the first time in league history that one school earned Pitcher of the Week in three consecutive weeks. With five total Big 12 weekly honors, BU has tied its total from 2013.
Baylor hosts Texas Southern tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. CT before returning to Big 12 play this weekend at Kansas State.