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WVU Baseball’s Tevin Tucker Named Big 12 Player of the Week



WVU Baseball infielder Tevin Tucker

Mountaineers’ shortstop Tevin Tucker received Big 12 Player of the Week honors Monday, the first such recognition of his career. 

A light-hitting bat who made up for it with excellent defense for much of his Mountaineers’ career, Tucker found another gear this season, batting .379 with 24 walks and an OPS of 1.009 in 40 starts. Batting out of the nine-hole for much of the year, Tucker excels in turning the lineup around for the Mountaineers, getting on base for the top of West Virginia’s potent lineup. 

He received a promotion out of necessity last week, when second baseman JJ Wetherholt went down with an injury. Head coach Randy Mazey moved Tucker up to the leadoff spot ahead of the Mountaineers’ April 16 game at Oklahoma State. During that time, Tucker hit .631 (12-for-19) in five starts: .571 with a double, two RBIs and seven runs scored during the four games for which he received the award. Tucker led the charge as the Mountaineers went a perfect 4-0 this past week, catapulting them back into the rankings at No. 18 and placing them atop the Big 12.

Mazey noted during the Mountaineers’ Saturday win over TCU this weekend that Tucker would remain in the leadoff spot even with Wetherholt back in the lineup. 

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