Thompson Tabbed Big 12 Player of the Week
May 4, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas sophomore third baseman Tony Thompson has been named the Big 12’s Player of the Week for the week of May 4. Thompson is the first Kansas position player to be honored with the weekly award this season.
Former Jayhawk outfielder John Allman was the last KU baseball player to earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors, when he did it on May 5 of last year.
Thompson, a sophomore from Reno, Nev., batted .429 during KU’s series win at No. 9 Oklahoma with two doubles and a pair of three-run homers in Sunday’s game. It was the sophomore’s third multi-homer game of the season. Thompson added to his Big 12-leading RBI total with six in Sunday’s finale, the most by a Jayhawk in a game this season. His 62 RBIs this season are tops in the conference, and the most by a Kansas player since 2004, while his 14 homers are tied for the fourth-most in a single-season by a Jayhawk.
Missouri pitcher Brad Buehler was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Week.
Thompson and the Jayhawks (33-16, 12-9 in Big 12) will travel to Wichita State Wednesday for a midweek showdown with the Shockers at 7 p.m. The game will be carried on KLWN (1320 AM).