OKLAHOMA CITY — Kyle Russell (Texas) has been named Big 12 Player of the Year, while the Pitcher of the Year accolade went to teammate, Adrian Alaniz (Texas), highlighting the 2007 All-Big 12 Baseball Postseason Awards. Trevor Coleman (Missouri) earned Freshman of the Year, and teammates David Newman and Brandon Hicks (Texas A&M) share the honor for Newcomer of the year. Tim Jamieson (Missouri) and Augie Garrido (Texas) were named Co-Coach of the Year.
The All-Big 12 honors are selected by the league’s head coaches. No. 5 Texas placed a conference-leading seven players on the all-conference squads, while No. 18 Oklahoma State placed six -- UT has five on the first team and two on the second team while Oklahoma State has three on the first and three on the second.
Russell becomes the second Longhorn to earn the Player of the Year award. The Tomball, Texas native leads the nation and Big 12 in home runs this year with 27 entering the Big 12 Championship. His 33 RBI places him first in conference play and he is hitting .358. Russell is tied for third in conference play with runs scored (26), has 69 hits and 19 runs scored during the ‘07 league season. The sophomore was selected as one of 16 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy Award by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Alaniz holds a 2.75 ERA in Big 12 games and is a two-time honoree of Big 12 Pitcher of the Week this season. He has thrown 49 strikeouts during conference play and has pitched three complete games this season. The junior was selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the Roger Clemens Award, honoring the top pitcher in college baseball by the Greater Houston Baseball Association.
Coleman has tallied eight home runs this year, 39 RBI and has started 41 our of 42 games for the Tigers. Current teammates and juniors, David Newmann and Brandon Hicks (Texas A&M) joined the Aggies from San Jacinto JC. Newmann holds a 3.75 ERA and has recorded 45 strikeouts during conference play this season. Hicks is hitting .344 with 83 hits and 54 RBI as he enters tournament play.
This marks Jamieson’s first Coach of the Year honor and Garrido’s third (2002, 04,06). Jamieson led the Tigers to a 39-14 season finish and a 19-8 conference finish. Garrido’s Longhorns ended their season 42-14 and 21-6 to claim Big 12 regular season title. This marks the second consecutive year UT has won the regular season title under Garrido.
Player of the Year: Kyle Russell, Texas, OF, So., Tomball, Texas/Tomball
PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Adrian Alaniz, Texas, RHP, Jr., Sinton, Texas/Sinton
Freshman of the Year: Trevor Coleman, Missouri, C, Fr., Dripping Springs, Texas/Dripping Springs
CO-NEWCOMERS of the Year: David Newmann, Texas A&M, LHP, Jr., Houston, Texas/San Jacinto JC
Brandon Hicks, Texas A&M, INF, Jr., Houston, Texas/San Jacinto JC
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Jamieson, Missouri
Augie Garrido, Texas
ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/Previous School
Chance Wheeless, Texas 1B Jr. Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock
Tyler Mach, Oklahoma State 2B Sr. Kent, Wash./Edmonds CC
Beamer Weems, Baylor SS So. Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne
Bradley Suttle, Texas 3B So. Boerne, Texas/Boerne
Preston Clark, Texas C So. Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall
Corey Brown, Oklahoma State OF Jr. Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant
Ty Wright, Oklahoma State OF Sr. Tyler, Texas/Willis Point
Kyle Russell, Texas OF So. Tomball, Texas/Tomball
Jacob Priday, Missouri DH Jr. Sikeston, Mo./Sikeston
Luke Anders, Texas A&M DH So. College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated
Blake Stouffer, Texas A&M UTL Jr. San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights
Aaron Crow, Missouri RHP So. Wakarusa, Kan./Washburn Rural
Adrian Alaniz, Texas RHP Jr. Sinton, Texas/Sinton
Kyle Nicholson, Texas A&M RHP Sr. College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated
Daniel Edwards, Kansas State RP Jr. Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood
ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/Previous School
Rebel Ridling, Oklahoma State 1B Jr. Sentinel, Okla./Midland JC
Parker Dalton, Texas A&M 2B Sr. Houston, Texas/Memorial
Brandon Hicks, Texas A&M SS Jr. Houston, Texas/San Jacinto College
Matt Mangini, Oklahoma State 3B Jr. Cary, N.C./North Carolina State
Jackson Williams, Oklahoma C Jr. Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow
Byron Wiley, Kansas State OF So. Tomball, Texas/Tomball
Evan Frey, Missouri OF Jr. Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville
Roger Kieschnick, Texas Tech OF So. Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall
Jeff Tezak, Nebraska DH Jr. Poway, Calif./Palomar CC
Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State UTL So. Taloga, Okla./Taloga
Tony Watson, Nebraska LHP Jr. Grimes, Iowa/Dallas-Center Grimes
Stephen Porlier, Oklahoma RHP So. Sugarland, Texas/Tulane
James Russell, Texas LHP Jr. Colleyville, Texas/Navarro College
Randy Boone, Texas RP Sr. Yoakum, Texas/Yoakun
RP Justin Friend, Oklahoma State; RP Paul Smyth, Kansas; RP Kyle Gibson, Missouri; RP Nick Cassavechia, Baylor; P Luke Wertz, Nebraska; P Johnny Dorn, Nebraska; P Brad Hutt, Kansas State; P Rick Zagone, Missouri; P David Newmann, Texas A&M; P Heath Taylor, Oklahoma; P Kendal Volz, Baylor; OF Joe Dunigan, Oklahoma; OF Aaron Ivey, Oklahoma; OF Keanon Simon, Oklahoma State; OF Jordan Danks, Texas; OF Ben Feltner, Texas A&M; OF John Allman, Kansas, OF Kyle Murphy, Kansas; OF Ben Booker, Baylor; DH Russell Moldenhauer, Texas; C Buck Afenir, Kansas; C Craig Stinson, Texas A&M; C Matt Czimskey, Baylor; C Matt Smith, Texas Tech; C Mitch Abeita, Nebraska; 2B Travis Tucker, Texas; 2B Ryne Price, Kansas; 3B Robby Price, Kansas, 3B Craig Corriston, Nebraska; 3B Kyle Mach, Missouri; 3B Raynor Campbell, Baylor; SS Aaron Reza, Oklahoma; SS Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State; SS Kyle Martin, Texas Tech; UTL Joseph Hughes, Oklahoma; 1B Andrew Brown, Nebraska; 1B Aaron Baker, Oklahoma; 1B James Leverton, Texas Tech
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