Senior Ty Culbreth was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on Monday for his eight-inning gem against the Stanford Cardinal over the weekend.
The award is the first such accolade in Culbreth’s career and the first of the season for the Longhorn team.
On Saturday, the southpaw used pinpoint command of his fastball, slider and changeup to end the afternoon with eight shutout innings and a career-high twelve strikeouts. Culbreth took a no-hitter through six and a third frames before surrendering an infield hit on a weak dribbler to short.
The award-winning start was the senior’s second quality outing on the young campaign and his season total of 16 strikeouts qualifies for the best mark in the conference.
Culbreth’s strong performances have set the table for what could be a resurgent season for the senior. The lefty finished last season with a mediocre 3.95 ERA in five starts but has allowed just one earned run in 13 innings of work in 2016.