Brown, Wolfe Earn Big 12 Weekly Awards

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Max Brown and Tyler Wolfe of the K-State baseball team picked up a pair of Big 12 Conference weekly honors for the period ending April 12 as Brown was tabbed the Player of the Week while Wolfe was named the Co-Newcomer of the Week.


The Wildcat duo earned their first career conference weekly awards after helping K-State to a road win at Omaha and then a series victory over No. 3 TCU, the Wildcats' first series win against a top-three nationally-ranked opponent since 2009.

Brown led the way by hitting a team-best .429 (9-for-21) with two doubles, two triples and six RBIs in five games. Tied for the Big 12 lead in hits for the week, the senior outfielder had a safety in all five contests, including three straight multi-hit efforts from April 8-11. After matching his season-high in hits on April 8 at Omaha by going 3-for-5 with two doubles, Brown tallied a career-high four RBIs, while going 2-for-4, in K-State's 14-4 win over TCU in the series opener. The four RBIs were the most by a Wildcat in a Big 12 game since April 6, 2013 (Shane Conlon and Jon Davis, 4, vs. Texas Tech). He also added two RBIs with a two-out triple in the series-clinching victory on April 12 as he had a team-best six RBIs and hit .417 throughout the set -- against a pitching staff that entered the weekend with a 1.73 ERA and .207 batting average against in Big 12-only games.

Brown also ranked in the Big 12's top-10 in other offensive categories, including first in triples (2), second in RBIs (6) and total bases (15), tied for sixth in doubles (2), seventh in batting average (.429) and eighth in slugging percentage. His two triples give him six on the season, which are tied for the seventh-most in a season in program history and most since Jason King had six in 2011.

Wolfe batted .333 (7-for-21) with a conference-best seven RBIs in five games during the week. The Des Moines Area Community College transfer turned in a pair of three-RBI games, first at Omaha and then in the Wildcats' series-clinching 6-2 win vs. TCU on April 12. In the series opener against the Horned Frogs, the junior went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored as the four hits were the most by a Wildcat in a conference game since April 20, 2013 (Jon Davis, 4, vs. Oklahoma State). In the TCU series, Wolfe was 5-for-13 (.385) with four RBIs and four runs scored.

In Big 12-only games this season, Wolfe is fourth in the conference with a .389 batting average and tied for first in runs scored with 11.

Wolfe shared the newcomer award with West Virginia's KC Huth. TCU's Preston Morrison was named Pitcher of the Week after tossing his second shutout of the season on April 11 against K-State.

The weekly honors from the Big 12 are also the second and third for K-State this season. Junior catcher Tyler Moore was named the newcomer of the week for March 2-8. Brown is the first Wildcat to be named Big 12 Player of the Week since Ross Kivett was awarded the accolade on March 31, 2014.

The Wildcats will return to action with a midweek contest against in-state rival Wichita State on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Tointon Family Stadium. Tickets are still available for the game as fans will be able to enjoy $1 hot dogs.