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Texas Tech's Bard Tabbed as Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week

Men's baseball player hits .478 to earn honor.

Feb. 17, 1998

DALLAS-Catcher Josh Bard of Texas Tech and pitcher Ryan Rupe of Texas A&M have been selected as Big 12 Conference Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by a select panel of media covering Big 12 baseball in 1998 for games played Feb. 9-15.

Bard, a sophomore from Englewood, Colo., paced the Red Raiders to a 4-1 record against Texas Christian and Long Beach State with a three-game sweep over the 49ers last weekend in Lubbock. He hit .478 (11-for-23) with a triple, one homer, five RBI, four runs scored, 16 total bases, and 56 errorless chances behind the plate. The 1997 Team USA member had four multiple-hit games in five outings and notched a pair of three-hit performances against Long Beach State.

Rupe followed up a five-inning stint of no-hit work against Texas-Pan American last week en route to a nine-inning team no-hitter with a complete-game shutout 7-0 performance against Sun Belt Conference contender Arkansas State. He fired a nine-inning, four-hit blank performance against the Indians while throwing only 96 pitches, striking out six, and allowing no walks. The senior from Houston, Texas, has hurled 14 innings to date while allowing only four singles, walking two and striking out 11. The victory over ASU started the 17th-ranked Aggies on their way to a 3-0 record in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS/Texas-Arlington Invitational Tournament.

Previous weekly winners have been: Feb. 9-1B Casey Bookout, Oklahoma; Rupe.

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