DeVinny named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Tanner DeVinny of the K-State baseball team earned his first career Big 12 weekly award as the freshman was named the conference’s Co-Newcomer of the Week for the period ending April 6, the conference announced. DeVinny shared the award with Oklahoma’s Sheldon Neuse.

DeVinny hit .600 (6-for-10) with two doubles, a home run, three RBI, and a stolen base in three games last week. The Lucas, Texas native led all Big 12 freshmen and was second among all players in the conference in batting average and OBP (.714). The designated hitter also paced the Big 12 with a 1.100 slugging percentage.

DeVinny, who did not play in K-State’s first game last week on April 1 at Omaha, hit a three-run home run against KU on April 4, becoming the first Wildcat freshman to hit a homer since Jared King in 2011. DeVinny went on collect multiple-hit games in the final two contests of the weekend, including a career-high three hits on April 6.

Through this season’s first 31 games, DeVinny is tied for the team lead in batting average (.350) while he is pacing the team in RBI (26) and OBP (.455).

This marks the fourth straight week a Wildcat has earned a weekly award from the Big 12. Mitch Meyer (March 17) and Ross Kivett (March 31) were both named Big 12 Player of the Week, and Nate Griep was selected as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (March 24). Kivett was also named Player of the Week on March 3, giving K-State five weekly honors in 2014.

K-State has garnered 46 Big 12 player of the week awards in program history. This season’s five honors are tied for the most in a single season for the Wildcats, matching the five in 2013 and 2002.

DeVinny and the Wildcats will play a pair of midweek games this week, starting with a home contest against Wichita State on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm. The game can be watched on Cox Kansas 22 or heard on News Radio 1350 KMAN and k-statesports.com.

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