Softball's Thom named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week
Feb. 19, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Junior shortstop Taylor Thom batted .556, hit four home and drove in a team-best 14 runs in leading Texas to a 6-0 week. Tuesday, Thom was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, according to an announcement by league officials. The weekly honor is the first of Thom's career.
The Cedar Park, Texas, native became the fourth player in NCAA history to hit two grand slams in a game when she tallied one in the first and third innings at Houston Saturday. She set the Texas single-game record with eight runs batted in during the contest.
Thom continued the offensive showcase Sunday against DePaul in the final game of the Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational as she went four-for-four with four runs batted in and two scored. She hit two more home runs and added a single and double. She drove in the game-winning run against the Blue Demons Sunday with a first-inning single and helped Texas open the season 11-0, the second-longest winning streak to start a campaign in program history.
Prior to tournament in Houston, Thom started her week going two-for-two with a pair of doubles and a sacrifice fly against Stephen F. Austin.
Over the six games, Thom scored eight runs, tallied 25 total bases and slugged 1.389 while posting a .526 on-base percentage. She added five stolen bases, including a career-high three versus DePaul on Feb. 15, struck out just once and played errorless defense in six starts at shortstop.
Also receiving honors from the Big 12 Conference this week was Oklahoma senior Michelle Gascoigne, who was tabbed as the league's pitcher of the week.
Thom and the No. 6/6 Longhorns (11-0) return to action Wednesday with a 4:30 p.m. home contest against Houston Baptist (4-0). The game will be broadcast live on Longhorn Network.