With the Big 12 Baseball Tournament set to start on Wednesday at the Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, the conference announced its postseason all-conference team and individual awards on Tuesday.
Oklahoma State earned two of the individual awards, with Josh Holliday named the Big 12 Coach of the Year and junior outfielder Zach Fish the Big 12 Player of the Year.
The coaching honor is the first in the Big 12 era for OSU, while Fish becomes the second Cowboy player to win Big 12 Player of the Year honors, joining Tyler Mach, who was the co-winner in 2006.
Holliday led OSU to their first regular season Big 12 title, winning seven of eight conference series on the way to an 18-6 league record.
Fish hit .321 with 10 home runs and ranks third in the conference in totals bases and slugging percentage and second in homers.
Oklahoma infielder Sheldon Neuse is the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
Neuse is the only freshman in the league’s top 10 for home runs, doubles, RBI, total bases, and slugging percentage.
Neuse is the second Sooner to earn the freshman honor, joining Garrett Buechele in 2009.
OSU had six players make first or second team All-Big 12, with five first-teamers and one on the second team.
OU had two first-team selections and one second team.
Each state school had two players make the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will face off in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday at 4:00 at the Bricktown Ballpark.
OSU has never beaten OU in the Big 12 Tournament, losing all eight meetings since the conference’s first season in baseball in 1997.
The tournament is double-elimination, with the winner of two four-team brackets advancing to the championship game on Sunday.
Here is the complete list of the postseason Big 12 honors:
2014 ALL-BIG 12 BASEBALL AWARDS
|Player of the Year:||Zach Fish, Oklahoma State|
|Pitcher of the Year:||Preston Morrison, TCU|
|Newcomer of the Year:||Adam Kirsch, Texas Tech|
|Freshman of the Year:||Sheldon Neuse, Oklahoma|
|Coach of the Year:||Josh Holliday, Oklahoma State|
|ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM|
|Name, School||Pos.||Cl.||Hometown/Previous School|
|Gage Green, Oklahoma State||C||Jr.||Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider|
|Sheldon Neuse, Oklahoma*||INF||Fr.||Fort Worth, Texas/Keller Fossil Ridge|
|Donnie Walton, Oklahoma State*||INF||So.||Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley|
|Eric Gutierrez, Texas Tech||INF||So.||Mission, Texas/Sharyland|
|Tim Proudfoot, Texas Tech||INF||Jr.||North Bend, Wash./Mount Si|
|Billy Fleming, West Virginia||INF||Jr.||Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South|
|Zach Fish, Oklahoma State^||OF||Jr.||Kalamazoo, Mich./Gull Lake|
|Boomer White, TCU||OF||So.||Houston, Texas/Memorial|
|Mark Payton, Texas^#||OF||Sr.||Chicago, Illinois/St. Rita|
|Bobby Boyd, West Virginia||OF||Jr.||Silver Spring, Md./St. John’s College HS|
|Adam Kirsch, Texas Tech**||DH||Sr.||Spring, Texas/FIU|
|Mac James, Oklahoma||UTL||Jr.||New Braunfels, Texas/Brookhaven College|
|Frank Duncan, Kansas#||RHP||Sr.||San Francisco, Calif./Stuart Hall|
|Jon Perrin, Oklahoma State||RHP||Jr.||Olathe, Kan./Olathe East|
|Brandon Finnegan, TCU*||LHP||Jr.||Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest|
|Preston Morrison, TCU*^||RHP||Jr.||Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson|
|Josh Michalec, Baylor||RHP||Sr.||Houston, Texas/Memorial|
|Brendan McCurry, Oklahoma State*||RHP||Sr.||Tupelo, Okla./Howard Junior College|
|Vince Wheeland, Oklahoma State*^||RHP||Sr.||Turlock, Calif./Turlock|
|Riley Ferrell, TCU*||RHP||So.||College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated|
|ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM|
|Name, School||Pos.||Cl.||Hometown/Previous School|
|Ka’iana Eldredge, Kansas||C||Sr.||Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou|
|Hunter Redman, Texas Tech||C||Jr.||Midland, Texas/Midland College|
|Colby Wright, Kansas||INF||So.||Castro Valley, Calif./Castro Valley|
|Tim Arakawa, Oklahoma State||INF||Jr.||Honolulu, Hawaii/Yavapai Community College|
|Kevin Cron, TCU||INF||Jr.||Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe|
|Derek Odell, TCU||INF||Jr.||Canyon, Texas/Canyon|
|Brooks Marlow, Texas||INF||Jr.||Giddings, Texas/Giddings|
|Ryan McBroom, West Virginia+||INF||Sr.||Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland|
|Ross Kivett, Kansas State^||UTL||Sr.||Broadview Heights, Ohio/St. Edwards|
|Craig Aikin, Oklahoma||OF||So.||Coppell, Texas/Coppell|
|Michael Suiter, Kansas+||OF||Jr.||Kailua, Hawaii/Punahou|
|Tyler Neslony, Texas Tech||OF||So.||Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen|
|Connor McKay, Kansas**||DH||Jr.||Parker, Colo./Regis Jesuit|
|Tyler Alexander, TCU||LHP||Fr.||Southlake, Texas/Southlake Carroll|
|Nathan Thornhill, Texas||RHP||Sr.||Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park|
|Chris Sadberry, Texas Tech||LHP||Jr.||Holliday, Texas/Grayson County|
|Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia^||LHP||Jr.||Nutter Fort, W.Va./Bridgeport|
|Chad Hollingsworth, Texas||RHP||So.||Waco, Texas/Robinson|
|Honorable Mention: Baylor – Adam Toth; Kansas – Robert Kahana, Jordan Piche, Justin Protacio, Tucker Tharp, Dakota Smith, Stephen Villines; Oklahoma – Austin O’Brien, Hunter Haley; Oklahoma State – Tanner Krietemeier, Craig McConaughy; TCU – Kyle Bacak, Garrett Crain, Dylan Fitzgerald, Cody Jones, Keaton Jones; Texas – Ben Johnson; Texas Tech – Bryant Burleson, Jonny Drozd, Cameron Smith; West Virginia – Sean Carley, John Means, Taylor Munden, Cam O’Brien, Ross Vance|
|Ties in voting created four first team relief pitchers, four first team outfielders, two second team catchers, and six second team infielders.|
|* Unanimous Choice
^2013 First Team Honoree
+2013 Second Team Honoree
#2012 Second Team Honoree
|**Each DH was selected as a unanimous choice with Kirsch earning first team honors based on the weight of the votes.|
|Name, School||Pos.||Hometown/Previous School|
|Daniel Castano, Baylor||LHP||Austin, Texas/Lake Travis|
|Stephen Villines, Kansas||RHP||Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro|
|Tanner DeVinny, Kansas State||DH||Lucas, Texas/Lovejoy|
|Sheldon Neuse, Oklahoma*||INF/RHP||Fort Worth, Texas/Keller Fossil Ridge|
|Austin O’Brien, Oklahoma||INF||Owasso, Okla./Owasso|
|Blake Battenfield, Oklahoma State||RHP||Claremore, Okla./Verdigris|
|Tyler Buffett, Oklahoma State||RHP||Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Academy|
|Tyler Alexander, TCU*||LHP||Southlake, Texas/Southlake Carroll|
|Tres Barrera, Texas||C||Eagle Pass, Texas/Mission Sharyland|
|Morgan Cooper, Texas||RHP||Jarrell, Texas/Jarrell|
|Zane Gurwitz, Texas||INF||San Antonio, Texas/Churchill|
|Stephen Smith, Texas Tech||OF||Wolfforth, Texas/Frenship|