LUBBOCK, Texas (Texas Tech Press Release) – Texas Tech freshman Sydni Emanuel led a trio of Red Raiders selected Tuesday to the All-Big 12 teams that were announced by the conference office.
Emanuel, in only her first collegiate season, earned first team honors after hitting a team-leading .418 on the year, the third-highest average in the Big 12 and the highest for any conference freshman. The Missouri City, Texas native was one of just two Big 12 freshmen on the first team, joining Texas pitcher Tiarra Davis.
Emanuel, who also stole a school-record 36 bases, is the seventh Red Raider all-time to be named to the first team and just the fourth freshman to ever do so, joining an elite group that includes Sandy Butler (1998), Amanda Renfro (1998) and Ashley Parker (2004).
She was joined on the postseason awards lists by fellow freshman Cassie McClure and sophomore Gretchen Aucoin who both received second-team accolades. It is the most selections for Tech since four Red Raiders were honored in 2012.
Like Emanuel, McClure made an impressive debut on the college scene, hitting .361 this season with a team-leading nine home runs and 44 RBI. She snapped the Tech single-season freshman RBI record previously set by Mikey Kenney in 2010 and ranked among the league leaders in the category as well.
Tech had not previously had multiple freshmen honored on either of the All-Big 12 teams since 1998 when Butler and Renfro were both first team selections.
Aucoin, meanwhile, became a powerful presence both in the circle and at the plate for the Red Raiders, finishing with a 14-9 record and 2.43 ERA to go along with a .289 average and seven home runs and 31 RBI.
The Ocean Springs, Miss. native was among the Big 12 leaders in several pitching categories, including ERA, wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, appearances, saves and complete games. Her five home runs and 15 RBI during Big 12 play alone were among the conference’s offensive leaders.
The three selections were tied with Oklahoma State and Iowa State for fourth overall in the conference, trailing Oklahoma (11), Texas (8) and Baylor (6). The Red Raiders ended the year 35-19 overall, finishing fourth overall in the Big 12.