Mountaineer Baseball receives multiple honors
MORGANTOWN, WV—Thirteen West Virginia University baseball players were recipients of All Big 12 honors. Sophomore JJ Wetherholt was a unanimous selection for the First Team and was also selected as Big 12 Player of the Year. Wetherholt had an unbelievable year helping his team win a share of the Big 12 title. He is also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the best college baseball player in the nation each season. It’s the baseball equivalent of football’s Heisman Trophy. He led the Big 12 in batting average at .447. Slugging percentage .786, 92 hits and 35 stolen bases. Wetherholt was also second in the conference in on base percentage and runs scored and doubles.
In addition West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey has been named Big 12 Coach of the Year. Mazey led the Mountaineers to share of their first ever Big 12 regular season title and he earned his second coach of the year award. This is Mazey’s 11th season as coach of the Mountaineers.He is the third coach in program history with two coach of the year awards.
WVU also had three selected to the All Big 12 First Team, including Wetherholt, starting pitcher Ben Hampton, and relief pitcher Carlson Reed. The three second team selections were outfielders Braden Barry and Landon Wallace, as well as starting pitcher Blaine Traxel.
WVU had seven selected as an honorable mention selection, including David Hagman, Grant Hussey, Dayne Leonard, Aiden Major, Caleb McNeeley, Logan Suave and Tevin Tucker.
This is the first time the Mountaineers have had three people on an all-conference team since 2009.