Longhorn baseball gets Big 12 awards


by KVUE Sports


Posted on May 24, 2011 at 2:47 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Texas Longhorns junior Taylor Jungmann was a unanimous selection for Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Erich Weiss was tabbed Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Augie Garrido was named Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year, in voting conducted by the league's coaches, the conference announced on Tuesday.

The Longhorns also had five players named to the All-Big 12 teams. Infielders Brandon Loy and Erich Weiss, starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann and relief pitcher Corey Knebel were named to the All-Big 12 First Team. Infielder Tant Shepherd was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. Pitcher Cole Green and outfielder Paul Montalbano were All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

Garrido, who shared the award with Texas A&M’s Rob Childress, earned his sixth Big 12 Coach of the Year honor. He also earned the award in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009. This season, Garrido mentored a Longhorns squad that shared the Big 12 title with a 19-8 record, Texas’ third consecutive league title. He guided the Texas to eight series victories in nine Big 12 weekends.

Jungmann owns a 12-0 record with a 0.95 ERA in 14 games. In his 14 starts, he has recorded four complete games and three shutouts. He yielded just 66 hits and 23 walks while striking out 109 over 113.2 innings.

In nine conference starts, Jungmann went 8-0 with two complete games, one shutout and a 1.12 ERA. He allowed just 43 hits and 18 walks while striking out 71 over 72.0 innings.

The junior right-hander became the sixth Longhorn to earn Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors, joining Justin Simmons (2002), J.P. Howell (2004), Kyle McCulloch (2006), Adrian Alaniz (2007) and Cole Green (2010).
Jungmann earned his second All-Big 12 honor, earning second-team recognition in 2010.

On the year, Weiss hit .370 with 39 runs, 11 doubles, seven triples, three home runs, 35 RBI and nine stolen bases. The freshman led the league with a .509 on-base percentage and his batting average ranked second in the conference.
In 27 Big 12 Conference games, Weiss hit .371 with 20 runs, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs, 11 RBI and four stolen bases. He registered a .533 on-base percentage and .551 slugging percentage in league play.

Weiss is the first Longhorn to earn Big 12 Freshman of the Year recognition since Chance Ruffin in 2008. At one time, the league honored Freshman Pitcher of the Year and Freshman Player of the Year. Justin Simmons (2001) and Huston Street (2002) garnered Freshman Pitcher of the Year accolades for the Longhorns while Omar Quintanilla (2001), J.D. Reininger (2002), Taylor Teagarden (2003) and Drew Stubbs (2004) all earned Freshman Player of the Year status.

Loy has started all 53 games at shortstop for the Longhorns, batting .327 with 40 runs, 16 doubles, three triples, one home run, 22 RBI and 12 stolen bases. A wizard on defense, the junior owns a .973 fielding percentage with just six errors in 223 total chances.

In 27 Big 12 games, Loy batted .331 with 19 runs, 10 doubles, two triples, one home run, 11 RBI and three stolen bases. He made just two errors in league play, posting a .981 fielding percentage.

Loy was named to the All-Big 12 squad for the second time. He was a second-teamer in 2010 and garnered honorable mention as a freshman in 2009.

Knebel leads the Big 12 with 16 saves on the season. He owns a 2-2 record with a 1.44 ERA, allowing just 22 hits and 10 walks while striking out 52 over 43.2 innings.

In league action, Knebel is 1-1 with eight saves and a 1.66 ERA in 15 appearances. He has scattered 10 hits and four walks while striking out 21 over 21.2 innings.

Shepherd started all 53 games at first base, hitting .299 with 42 runs, 17 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 32 RBI and four stolen bases. One of the top defensive first basemen in the nation, Shepherd committed just two errors on the season and posted a .996 fielding percentage.

In 27 Big 12 games, Shepherd batted .318 with 22 runs, nine doubles two triples, two home runs, 17 RBI and three stolen bases. The senior registered a .993 fielding percentage.
Shepherd earned All-Big 12 honors for the second time, garnering second-team status in 2010.

Green has posted a 6-3 record with a 3.11 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 84.0 innings in 15 starts. In nine league starts, He is 4-1 with a 3.25 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 55.1 innings.

Green was the 2010 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and earned honorable mention as a freshman in 2008.

Montalbano has played in 48 games, including 40 starts. He is batting .286 with 27 runs, seven doubles, two triples, 25 RBI and four stolen bases.

In 25 league games, Montalbano is batting .308 with 14 runs, three doubles, one triple, 16 RBI and two stolen bases.

Texas is the No. 1 seed at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at RedHawks Field in Oklahoma City. The Longhorns begin play at the tournament on Wednesday with a 12:30 p.m. game against the Missouri Tigers.