April 26, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou baseball junior Conner Mach (Chesterfield, Mo.) has been named Big 12 Player of the Week, as announced by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday (April 26). The Tiger junior hit .545 in three games last week, helping Mizzou to its first Big 12 series win of the season at Baylor. He played in left field for the first time in his career as he is usually an infielder for the Tigers. Mach hit in the leadoff hole in all three games for the first time this season, despite hitting in the middle of the order nearly all year.
Mach responded to the lineup change by tallying six hits in 11 at-bats while leading the Tigers in nearly every offensive category. He led the team in RBI (five), total bases (10), slugging (.909), on-base percentage (.600) and posted six hits (two for extra bases) on the week. He also notched his first home run of the season in Friday's game at Baylor, launching a two-run shot over the left field wall for two of his RBI. The home run was his first of the season and first since May 21, 2010. He went 4-4 in that game and reached base in all five of his plate appearances as he was hit by a pitch in his final at-bat of the game.
In the series finale, Mach went 1-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI, one coming on a sacrifice fly and the other coming on an RBI single in the sixth inning. In game one of the series, he went 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Mach is the first Tiger to earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors since Aaron Senne took home the award on April 12, 2010. He is also the first Tiger to be honored in any of the Big 12 weekly awards since Nick Tepesch took home Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors on May 18, 2010.
Mach and Mizzou will be back in action this week for a pair of midweek games, starting Tuesday with Eastern Illinois in O'Fallon, Mo., at TR Hughes Ballpark. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.