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Cats’ DeVinny earns Big 12 weekly honor

By The Mercury

Kansas State’s Tanner DeVinny earned the first conference weekly award of his career on Monday, as the freshman was named the Big 12’s Co-Newcomer of the Week.

DeVinny shared the award with Oklahoma’s Sheldon Neuse.

DeVinny went 6 for 10 at the plate with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs, and a stolen base in three games last week.

The Lucas, Texas, native led all Big 12 freshmen and was second among all players in the conference in batting average (.600) and OBP (.714).

K-State’s designated hitter also led the Big 12 with a 1.100 slugging percentage.

DeVinny, who did not play in K-State’s first game last week on April 1 at Omaha, hit a three-run home run against KU on April 4, becoming the first Wildcat freshman to hit a homer since Jared King in 2011. DeVinny went on collect multiple-hit games in the final two contests of the weekend, including a career-high three hits on April 6.

Through this season’s first 31 games, DeVinny is tied for the team lead in batting average (.350), while he is pacing the team in RBIs (26) and OBP (.455).

This marks the fourth straight week a Wildcat has earned a weekly award from the Big 12.

DeVinny and the Wildcats play a pair of midweek games this week, starting with a home contest against Wichita State tonight at 6:30 — televised on Cox Kansas 22.

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