Suiter Named Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week

March 11, 2013

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – After helping the Jayhawks to their first four-game sweep since 2011, Kansas sophomore outfielder Michael Suiter has been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. This marks the first time that the sophomore has been honored with one of the conference’s weekly awards.

Suiter, a 6-foot-1 outfielder from Kailua, Hawaii, went 8-for-14 (.571) with seven stolen bases, five runs scored and two RBIs last week against Niagara. Suiter also walked twice in the four-game series to reach base at a .625 clip against the Purple Eagles. The second-year outfielder extended his team-best hitting streak to 10 games and took over the team lead in multi-hit games (eight).

Suiter became the second Jayhawk to steal three bases in a game this season in the series opener and added two steals in each game of KU’s doubleheader sweep on Friday. The sophomore has gotten out to a terrific start this season. After four weeks of play, Suiter ranks second in the Big 12 in batting average (.438), tied for second in stolen bases (eight) and is tied for third in on-base percentage (.500). He has also reached base in each of the Jayhawks’ last 14 games.

Suiter is the first Jayhawk to earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors since Jason Brunansky was honored on April 9, 2011. Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray was tabbed this week’s Pitcher of the Week, while Texas Tech outfielder Devon Conley earned Newcomer of the Week honors.

Kansas (10-5) will play host to Jackson State at 3 p.m., Wednesday, before opening conference play against TCU on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in Fort Worth, Texas. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.