IRVING, Texas – University of Oklahoma baseball senior first baseman Austin O'Brien (Owasso, Okla.) earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the third time in his career. He is one of just two players in the entire league to claim that distinction this season. A total of seven Sooners were honored by the league as released on Tuesday morning.
O'Brien, a health and exercise science major, was voted a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection earlier this season. He was also named the Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday for his ninth-inning heroics to cap off a series upset of No. 5 TCU with a walk-off single in the finale. O'Brien is hitting .305 and slugging .556 with eight home runs this season.
|#7 Jack Flansburg|
|#30 Ben Hollas|
|#27 Jake Irvin|
|#33 Austin O'Brien|
|Major||Health & Exercise Science|
|#15 Kyle Tyler|
First Team members consist of student-athletes that have maintained a 3.20 or better grade-point average, while the Second Team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
Senior right fielder Ben Hollas (Longview, Texas) and senior third baseman Jack Flansburg (Orange, Calif.) join O'Brien on the First Team. Both transferred to OU from junior college and are eligible for the first time this season. Hollas is a liberal studies major and intends to begin medical school after his playing career. He is hitting .306 with 11 doubles and three home runs. Flansburg, a mathematics major, is hitting .233 with a .384 on-base percentage and 31 runs scored.
Sophomore pitchers Jake Irvin (Bloomington, Minn.) and Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma City) also earned First Team recognition. Irvin, a management major, was voted a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick along with O'Brien last month. He is 6-0 with a 2.67 earned run average and 62 strikeouts in a team-leading 54 innings. Tyler, a business major, has made 10 pitching appearances, including eight starts, and is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 42 innings pitched.
Representing Oklahoma on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team are relief pitchers JB Olson (Shady Shores, Texas) and Connor Berry (Sugar Land, Texas). Olson, a senior administrative leadership major, is the Sooner closer and has collected eight saves and a 5-1 record with a 1.77 ERA. Berry, a sophomore management major, serves as a setup man in the bullpen. He is 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA and 37 strikeouts.