April 20, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After a huge week that saw her hit .727 over a five-game span, junior Catherine Lee was rewarded with her first-ever Big 12 Player of the Week award, as announced Tuesday afternoon by the league office.
Lee, in her first year as a Tiger after spending the last two years at Georgia State, went 8-for-11 over the course of the week, collecting three doubles, driving home seven runs and scoring twice. Lee put up an on-base percentage of .688 and a slugging percentage of 1.000, while also going 2-for-2 in stolen bases.
The Covington, Ga., native lifted the No. 11 Tigers to a perfect 5-0 record during the week, getting two wins against SIUE, a victory over SIU and a sweep over conference foe Texas Tech. In game one against SIUE, Lee was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and two driven in, while also stealing a base. She followed that up with a 2-for-3 performance in game two, where she drove in two more runs with her two doubles. The following day, against SIU, Lee went 2-for-3 again, driving in another run and scoring as well. In the series opener against Texas Tech, Lee went 1-for-1 with a double and two batted in. She also picked up a sacrifice hit on a perfectly placed bunt in front of the plate, and drove in one of her runs with a sacrifice fly later in the game. In game two, Lee continued her tear, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base. Lee finished the week with zero strikeouts and three walks.
Lee is the second Tiger to earn a Big 12 weekly award this season. Sophomore pitcher Chelsea Thomas was named Pitcher of the Week back on March 2.
Lee and the Tigers will resume play this week when Missouri hosts a pair of midweek doubleheaders. On Wednesday, the Tigers will host Evansville in the first game, beginning at 3 p.m. CT, and Missouri S&T in game two at 5 p.m. CT. On Thursday, Mizzou plays host to Central Methodist, beginning at 2 p.m. CT.
BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Feb. 16 — Meagan May, Texas A&M, Fr., C
Feb. 23 — Amber Flores, Oklahoma, Sr., 2B
March 2 — Mariah Gearhart, Oklahoma State, Jr., 3B; Nadia Taylor, Texas, So., 3B
March 8 — Julie Ward, Oklahoma State, So., 1B
March 15 — Brooke Thomason, Nebraska, Fr., OF
March 23 — Meagan May, Texas A&M, Fr., C
April 6 — Chelsea Garcia, Oklahoma State, So., SS
April 13 — Megan Castle, Oklahoma State, Sr., RF
April 20 — Catherine Lee, Missouri, Jr., C/1B
BIG 12 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
Feb. 16 — Blaire Luna, Texas, Fr., RHP
Feb. 23 — Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Fr., LHP
March 2 — Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, So., RHP
March 8 — Anna Whiddon, Oklahoma State, Sr., RHP
March 15 — Robin Mackin, Nebraska, Jr., RHP
March 23 — Blaire Luna, Texas, Fr., RHP
April 6 — Blaire Luna, Texas, Fr., RHP
April 13 — Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Fr., LHP
April 20 — Anna Whiddon, Oklahoma State, Sr., RHP