DALLAS, Texas -- Oklahoma junior Joseph Hughes, who pitches and roams the outfield for the Sooners, was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week on Tuesday in voting by a panel of media covering Big 12 baseball for games played Feb. 14-20.
It is the first such honor for Hughes, who transferred to OU after a two-year stint at Grayson County College, and the first weekly honor by a Sooner in 2006. Joba Chamberlain (Nebraska) was chosen as the pitcher of the week.
Hughes excelled in offense, defense and pitching as the Sooners finished 2-1 in the Rice Coca Cola Classic in Houston, Texas over the weekend. The newcomer hit .625, scored two runs, stole a base and connected for four RBI against Rice, Lamar and Long Beach State. Additionally, the McKinney, Texas native pitched 1 2/3 innings of spotless relief against then-No. 5 Rice in the tournament opener, striking out three Owls.
The utility player, who has played in left and center field this year, made his first appearances at the plate in 2006, fueling the Sooner offense in wins over Lamar (3-for-5, 4 RBI) and then-No. 19 Long Beach State (2-for-3, run).
Against Lamar, Hughes made his first career start in center and had a team-high four RBI in the 11-3 triumph, the third time this season a Sooner collected four RBI in a game (Caufield and Mottern). Against LBSU, he scored the eventual winning run in a 2-1 verdict and threw out a potential game-tying run at the plate to preserve OU’s win.
OU returns to action Feb. 24, 25 and 26 against Memphis, Indiana State and Notre Dame in Millington, Tenn., at the Service Academies Classic.