Originally published May 4, 2009 at 04:36p.m., updated May 5, 2009 at 12:00a.m.
Kansas University sophomore third baseman Tony Thompson on Monday was named the Big 12’s Baseball Player of the Week for games played April 27-May 3.
Thompson is the first Kansas position player to be honored with the weekly award this season.
Former Jayhawk outfielder John Allman was the last KU baseball player to earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors, on May 5 of last year.
Thompson, Reno, Nev. native, batted .429 during KU’s series win at No. 9 Oklahoma last weekend. He hit two doubles and a pair of three-run homers in Sunday’s game. It was Thompson’s third multi-homer game of the season.
Thompson added to his Big 12-leading RBI total with six in Sunday’s finale, the most by a Jayhawk in a game this season. His 62 RBIs this season are tops in the conference, and the most by a Kansas player since 2004, while his 14 homers are tied for the fourth-most in a single-season by a Jayhawk.
Missouri pitcher Brad Buehler was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Week.
Thompson and the Jayhawks (33-16, 12-9 in Big 12) will travel to Wichita State on for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday.