IRVING, Texas – Junior Garrett Crain and senior Jacob Rice are the Big 12 co-Players of the Week while sophomore Riley Ferrell and freshman Daniel Castano take home Big 12 Pitcher and Newcomer of the Week honors. Crain and Ferrell led TCU to a perfect week, including a road sweep of No. 7 Texas. Rice helped West Virginia take a series win at Oklahoma and Castano pitched Baylor to a win to avoid being swept by Kansas State.
Crain hit two RBI singles and scored twice on a 3-for-3 night in TCU’s win over Houston Baptist. In games one and two at Texas Crain was 2-for-7 with a walk and a run scored before going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in game three. Crain hit .538 on the week (7-for-13) with a .600 on base percentage.
Rice started the week going 2-for-4 with a double and a steal against Ohio State before going 6-for-11 against Oklahoma. Rice went 2-for-4 in game one with a double, and a pair of runs and RBI before going 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and being gunned down attempting to steal home in game two. However, Rice saved his best for the rubber game going 3-for-4, being hit by a pitch, with a run, an RBI and a steal in WVU’s come from behind victory to take the series. Rice hit .533 (8-for-15) with a pair of doubles, four runs scored and three RBI while stealing two bases on three attempts.
Ferrell earned three saves this weekend, getting a save in each game of the sweep of Texas. Ferrell pitched a perfect ninth Thursday night and a perfect inning and one third Friday night keeping the Longhorns scoreless in the two games with four strikeouts.
Ferrell got into trouble in Saturday’s save attempt allowing a walk and a pair of single before inducing a game ending double play to end the series and clinch the sweep. Texas hit .182 against Ferrell as he struck out five against only a walk in 3.1 innings on the weekend while posting a 0.97 WHIP.
Castano improved to 5-1 on the season in a brilliant and gutsy outing, trying to prevent Baylor from being swept by Kansas State. Castano hurled eight scoreless innings while striking out six Wildcats.
Castano retired the first seven and final four hitters he faced in allowing a .188 average. Castano posted a 0.75 WHIP in the outing in which he allowed an unearned run after an error in the third. Castano worked his way around jams in the fifth and seventh innings en route to the victory.