Culp, Priday Named to All-Big 12 First Team

MUTIGERS.COM Junior Nathan Culp
Junior Nathan Culp

May 25, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Six Mizzou baseball players earned All-Big 12 Conference honors, as announced by the conference office on Thursday. Junior Nathan Culp and sophomore Jacob Priday led the way as first team honorees, while seniors Zane Taylor and Travis Wendte, junior Max Scherzer and sophomore Evan Frey were honorable mention selections.

Culp recorded his 11th win of the season with Missouri's win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday on the opening day of the Big 12 Tournament. The 11 wins lead the Big 12 Conference and are tied for the most wins in season by a MU pitcher all-time. He is 11-5 on the season and has a 3.24 ERA and was twice named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.

Priday is hitting .306 and has a team-leading 11 home runs and 48 RBI. His homer total is tied for sixth most in the Big 12. Priday was named the Big 12 Player of the Week after he hit .533 with two home runs and 11 RBI in four games during the week of March 6-12.

It is the second All-Conference honors for both as Culp was a second team All-Big 12 selection last season, while Priday earned honorable mention recognition in 2005.

Wendte has a 1.85 ERA on the year and is second on the team with 27 appearances. Taylor was an honorable mention selection last year also and has a .343 batting average this season. Scherzer was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in 2005, but injuries forced him to miss six starts this year. He currently leads the Big 12 with a 2.11 ERA. Frey has a team-best .350, which is 18th best in the conference and his .376 average in Big 12 games ranks seventh.

Mizzou will continue play in the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. at 5 p.m. on Friday against Oklahoma with Scherzer getting the start on the mound for the Tigers.

2006 All-Big 12 Conference
First Team
1B-(tie) Brandon Buckman, Nebraska; Chance Wheeless, Texas
2B-Jared Schweitzer, Kansas
3B-Tyler Mach, Oklahoma State
SS-Ryan Wehrle, Nebraska
C-Zach Dillon, Baylor
OF-Luke Gorsett, Nebraska; Drew Stubbs, Texas; Roger Kieschnick, Texas Tech
DH-(tie) Jacob Priday, Missouri; Hunter Harris, Texas
UTIL-Jordy Mercer (SS-P), Oklahoma State
SP- Nathan Culp, Missouri; Tony Watson, Nebraska; Kyle McCulloch, Texas
RP-Don Czyz, Kansas; Brett Jensen, Nebraska

Co-Players of the Year- Tyler Mach, Oklahoma State; Drew Stubbs, Texas
Pitcher of the Year- Kyle McCulloch, Texas
Newcomer of the Year-Tyler Mach, Oklahoma State
Freshman Player of the Year- OF Roger Kieschnick, Texas Tech
Freshman Pitcher of the Year- Miles Morgan, Texas Tech

Second Team
1B-Kevin Smith, Oklahoma
2B-Russell Raley, Oklahoma; Shelby Ford, Oklahoma State
3B-Jared Goedert, Kansas State; Ryan Rohlinger, Oklahoma
SS-Beamer Weems, Baylor; Ritchie Price, Kansas
C-Matt Smith, Texas Tech
OF-John Allman, Kansas; Gus Milner, Kansas; Chuckie Caulfield, Oklahoma; Corey Brown, Oklahoma State; Keanon Simon, Oklahoma State; Carson Kainer, Texas
DH-Deik Scram, Oklahoma State
UTIL-Andrew Brown, Nebraska; Aaron Reza, Oklahoma
SP-Johnny Dorn, Nebraska; Daniel McCutchen, Oklahoma; Steven Guerra, Oklahoma; Brae Wright, Oklahoma State
RP-Austin Wood, Texas; Hart Hering, Texas A&M

Honorable Mention:
Baylor - OF Seth Fortenberry; SP Ryan LaMotta; Kansas - SP Kodiak Quick; Kansas S tate - OF Joe Roundy; OF Barrett Rice; Missouri - OF Evan Frey; OF Zane Taylor; SP Max Scherzer; RP Travis Wendte; Nebraska - 2B Jake Opitz; C Jeff Christy; OF Nick Jaros; DH Andy Gerch; Oklahoma - C Jackson Williams; Oklahoma State - SP Matt Gardner; Texas A&M - SS Jose Salazar; Texas Tech - 2B Willie Rueda; SP Miles Morgan.



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