Baseball Player is Honored
March 23, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech starting pitcher Shane Wright was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week the Big 12 Conference announced Monday afternoon. Iowa State first baseman Aaron Runk was named the Big 12 Player of the Week. Wright, a 6-2, 210-pound junior from Topeka, Kansas (Butler County J.C./Hayden H.S.) pitched two complete games on the week, beating New Mexico 4-3 and Baylor 9-1. In his 18 innings, his weekly earned run average topped off at 2.00 and he allowed only 19 hits and four runs (four earned runs) in his two appearances. For the week, opposing batters hit .275 against Wright and he struck out 10 batters and walked only three.
The complete games were his fifth 9.0 inning complete games of the season, his seventh 9.0 inning complete games of his career and the ninth overall (9-inning and 7-inning) complete games of his career. The honor marks the second time Wright has been named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. He was honored with the award on April 28, 1997 last year. It also marks the second time that a Texas Tech player has been honored this season as a Big 12 Player/Pitcher of the Week. Josh Bard was the Player of the Week on Feb. 16, 1997.
It was the first time a Big 12 Pitcher of the Week had pitched two complete games and 18 innings.
Wright's Weekly Statistics ERA G-GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO BF B/Avg. 2.00 2-2 2 0 18.0 19 4 4 3 10 75 .275
Weekly Vitals: Threw two complete game 9.0 innings pitched victories for Texas Tech against Baylor 3/21 and New Mexico 3/17...complete games were seventh of his career and fifth of the season...pitched 9.0 complete game win vs. Baylor 3/22 and allowed nine hits and only one earned run and walked one in victory (also struck out seven batters)...struck out three batters in 9.0 complete game vs. New Mexico when earned victory after 4-3 win...lowered season ERA to 2.18 on week.
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