Baseball Player Is Honored

April 20, 1998

DALLAS--Texas Tech catcher Josh Bard of Englewood, Colo., and Oklahoma State pitcher Matt Smith of Henderson, Nev., have been chosen 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 Apr. 13-19.

Bard, sophomore and member of the 1997 U.S. National Team, continued his hot hitting for the year with a .714 (10-for-14) week in the plate during a 3-1 run for the Raiders. He collected four doubles, two home runs, five RBI, nine runs scored, six walks (two intentional), 16 total bases, a .800 on-base percentage (reaching base safely 16 times in 20 trips to the box), and a 1.000 fielding percentage with 31 chances. He also was 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Tech's 13-2 opening win at Iowa State.

Smith turned in one of the conference's top pitching performances by a yearling in its two-year history of diamond competition at Baylor last Friday night. He blanked the then-fifth-ranked-nationally Bears on four hits, struck out 10, walked one, and allowed only a double by the Bears' Eric Nelson in the extra-base department. Smith also worked one inning of midweek relief against 1997 NCAA Region entry Southwest Texas to raise his total to 12 strikeouts in 10 frames and no earned runs against 36 batters faced for the 5-0 Cowboys, who have a 10-game winning streak. The true freshman lefty has allowed just three earned runs in his last 32 innings of work.

Previous weekly winners have been: Feb. 9--1B Casey Bookout, Oklahoma; P Ryan Rupe, Texas A&M; Feb. 16--C Josh Bard, Texas Tech; P Rupe, A&M; Feb. 23--1B Charley Carter, Baylor; P Curt Kautsch, Texas; Mar. 2--3B Jose Montenegro, Oklahoma; P Justin Stine, Missouri; Mar. 9--C Josh Dimmick, Kansas; P Jason Jennings, Baylor; Mar. 16--1B Charley Carter, Baylor; P Rupe, Texas A&M; Mar. 23--1B Aaron Runk, Iowa State; P Shane Wright, Texas Tech; Mar. 30--OF Jon Topolski, Baylor; P Jay Bell, Missouri; Apr. 6--SS Griffin Moore, Missouri; P Nathan Hilton, Iowa State; Apr. 13--OF Chris Edelstein, Texas; P Geoff Geary, Oklahoma.



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