Feb. 6, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - After batting .600 over the Sooners' opening two games and nailing a game-winning home run in the season opener, Oklahoma's senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Baseball Player of the Week (Jan. 26 - Feb. 4) as released Tuesday evening by the league offices. Godsey completed a two-game weekend set against Oklahoma City batting 6-for-10 and scoring two runs while driving in two more.

"It feels good to be honored for what I do on the field," said Godsey after hearing of his recent accolade. "I give a lot of the credit to my coaches for helping me become a better hitter since I arrived at OU."

Oklahoma Head Coach Larry Cochell expressed his pleasure with the honor and Godsey's performance.

"We're excited about this award and his performance on the field to begin the season," commented Cochell, who selected Godsey as one of three team captains this season. "He had an outstanding year offensively last season and he picked up right where he left off."

The Santa Rosa, Calif., native matched a career best in hits with a 4-for-6 effort in the season opener against OCU highlighted by a walk-off solo homer in the 11th inning to lead OU to a 4-3 victory. He also added a stolen base and a second RBI in the game.

Godsey led the Sooner offensive attack again in Sunday's contest tying for a team-best 2-for-4 performance with one run scored.

The conference player of the week honor is designated every week by a select panel of media covering Big 12 Conference baseball.