April 11, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Kyle Hunter and Jared King were named the Big 12 Pitcher and Co-Newcomer of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Monday. It was the first distinction for either player in their career.
Joining King as co-newcomer of the week was Texas’ Erich Weiss, while Kansas outfielder Jason Bruansky was named the player of the week.
Hunter, who is Kansas State’s first pitcher of the week since A.J. Morris in 2009, led the Wildcats to their first shutout victory over Oklahoma in over 21 years, while his victory helped K-State earn its first series win over OU since 2001.
The junior left-hander worked 7.2 scoreless innings last Friday, surrendering just four hits as he stifled the top-hitting team in the Big 12 that held a .337 batting average entering the contest. Hunter shut down a Sooner ballclub that entered last week fifth nationally in batting average, sixth in slugging percentage and seventh in both runs scored and hits.
In eight starts this season, Hunter holds a 3-2 record and a 2.61 ERA, while he has recorded a team high 48 strikeouts in 48.1 innings of work.
King went 5-for-10 in the Oklahoma series with two crucial RBI on Sunday as he capped a five-run fifth inning with a two-out single. He recorded a pair of hits on both Saturday and Sunday, including his eighth-inning double in the series finale that led to the final Wildcat run.
King’s performance against the Sooners was a continuation of his hot hitting recently as he is 12 for his last 25 (.480) with three doubles, a homer and 10 RBI as he has helped K-State win three of its last four games over top-10 opponents.
A product of Dublin, Ohio, King is hitting .301 in 24 games this season with six doubles, a triple and one home run. King has tallied 21 RBI in 24 games, while he is also 9-for-11 in stolen base attempts.
The next action for Kansas State is Tuesday as it travels to Omaha, Neb., to face Creighton. First pitch from CU Sports Complex is scheduled for 3 p.m., and the contest can be heard on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN and online at www.k-statesports.com.
The Wildcats return home on Wednesday to take on in-state rival Wichita State beginning at 6:30 p.m., in a game that will be televised by Kansas 22 and Metro Sports.
Fans who wish to purchase tickets to the contest against the Shockers can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket office by phone at 1-800-221-CATS, online at www.k-statesports.com/ticket or by visiting the office inside Bramlage Coliseum. The ticket window at Tointon Family Stadium opens one hour prior to first pitch.