Joe Baker takes home conference honors

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Joe Baker’s successful weekend was enough for the sophomore shortstop to earn the Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Monday. 

Baker swung the bat at a .467 clip and scored six runs in a productive week for the Longhorns. Baker’s strong week helped give Texas a crucial series victory on the road at conference leading Texas Tech and a Tuesday win over UT Rio-Grande Valley, good for a 3–1 record over the week. 

Baker’s week was highlighted by a career day at the plate in Sunday’s 17-1 drubbing of the Red Raiders. The sophomore notched a career-high four hits and six RBI. He also added three extra base hits including a pair of doubles and his first home run of the 2016 campaign. 

Since returning from an injury earlier this month, Baker’s presence has helped rejuvenate a Texas offense that had previously been the weak spot of the 2016 Longhorns.

Baker’s conference honor is the first of the sophomore’s career and the third for the Longhorns this season after Ty Culbreth and Tres Barrera received conference Pitcher and Player of the Week respectively.