Gutierrez, Tadlock Headline Huge Big 12 Baseball Awards Totals
Tim Tadlock is the best coach in the Big 12 and everyone agrees. The unanimous Coach of the Year led this team to an outright Big 12 Championship and only lost one Big 12 series this season. He guided Tech to the fourth-best winning percentage in league games in conference history (19-4, .792).
Tadlock didn't lack talent as senior and Big 12 Player of the Year Eric Gutierrez led the Big 12 Champion Red Raiders to a record breaking 8 players named to the All-Big 12 teams Tuesday. Gutierrez was the conference leader in RBI, home runs, total bases and slugging percentage.
Along with being named Player of the Year Gutierrez was named to the 1st team All- Big 12. Joining him on the 1st team was ace Davis Martin, and outfielders Tanner Gardner and Stephen Smith. The four 1st team selections are the most since 1997.
Martin was also a selection to the All-Freshman team where he is joined by fellow starting pitcher Steven Gingery. Gingery was also named to the 2nd team All-Big 12 along with bullpen ace Hayden Howard, outfielder Tyler Neslony and designated hitter Cory Raley.
Tech led all Big 12 programs with eight total selections to either the first or second team. It marked the most selections in school history, breaking the previous mark of six that was set most recently in 2001.
Junior right-handed reliever Robert Dugger and sophomore second baseman Michael Davis rounded out Tech’s list of award winners as they were both named All-Big 12 honorable mention.