Kirsch Earns Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

Kirsch becomes first Big 12 player to earn Player & Newcomer of the Week in same season since 2012
(Texas Tech Press Release: Scott Lacefield)

LUBBOCK, Texas –
Texas Tech senior outfielder Adam Kirsch (Spring, Texas) has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week, the league office announced this afternoon. Kirsch becomes the first player to receive both player of the week and league newcomer of the week in the same season since 2012 (Oklahoma’s Hunter Lockwood).
 
Kirsch’s selection marks the third Big 12 Player of the Week for the Red Raiders this season – as sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez earned the honor twice, April 14 and April 28. The last time Tech had three player of the week selections in a season was 2011.
 
Overall, Kirsch’s honor is the 28th all-time for the Texas Tech program dating back to the first year of the league in 1997.
 
Also receiving top honors from the Big 12 after the final week of the regular season are Texas left-handed pitcher Dillon Peters (Pitcher of the Week) and Texas catcher Tres Barrera (Newcomers of the Week).
 
Kirsch guided the Red Raiders to their third Big 12 series sweep of the season taking all three games from West Virginia last weekend while batting .400 (4-for-10) with four runs, two home runs and two walks with a .538 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage.
 
Kirsch finished the series hitting a home run in each of the final two games while going 1-for-2 in game two with a solo homer – a Tech 3-2 victory – and going 2-for-3 with three runs with his ninth homer of the season to complete the sweep with a 4-0 shutout. It marked Tech’s first shutout in a series finale in Big 12 history to complete a series sweep.
 
Earlier this season Kirsch was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Mar. 10.
 
Kirsch and the Red Raiders will open play at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship against No. 19 Texas (36-16) on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
 
Texas Tech Players Selected Big 12 Player of the Week:
2014 – OF Adam Kirsch (May 19)
2014 – 1B Eric Gutierrez (Apr. 28)
2014 – 1B Eric Gutierrez (Apr. 14)
2011 – 1B Stephen Hagen (May 2)
2011 – 2B Jamodrick McGruder (Mar. 28)
2011 – 1B Stephen Hagen (Mar. 21)
2010 – 1B Barrett Barnes (Apr. 19)
2008 – OF Roger Kieschnick (May 19)
2008 – 1B Doug Thennis (Mar. 31)
2008 – OF Roger Kieschnick (Mar. 10)
2007 – OF Doug Thennis (Feb. 19)
2006 – OF Roger Kieschnick (May 16)
2005 – SS Cameron Blair (May 17)
2005 – SS Cameron Blair (Apr. 12)
2004 – SS Cameron Blair (May 4)
2004 – 1B Josh Brady (Apr. 13)
2004 – OF Madison Edwards (Mar. 23)
2004 – OF Michael Mask (Mar. 9)
2004 – 1B Josh Brady (Feb. 10)
2003 – 1B Christian Colonel (May 13)
2002 – OF Scooter Jordan (Mar. 18)
2001 – DH Austin Cranford (Apr. 23)
2000 – DH Chaz Eiguren (Feb. 28)
1999 – OF Jon Weber (Feb. 8)
1998 – C Josh Bard (Apr. 20)
1998 – C Josh Bard (Feb. 16)
1997 – 1B Joe Dillon (Apr. 7)
1997 – C Josh Bard (Mar. 31)
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