Baylor’s Govan, OU’s Storako Earn Big 12 Softball Weekly Honors
Another week of Big 12 softball has come and gone and with it brings in some new winners for the weekly honors. Baylor’s Shaylon Govan won the player of the week award and Oklahoma’s Alex Storako won the pitcher of the week award after two stellar performances.
Govan led the Bears to a 5-0 record and a ranked win over then-No. 21 Maryland while Storako helped Oklahoma to dominate the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic where the Sooners went undefeated and outscored their opponents 50-4, including a 14-0 shutout victory against then-No. 1 UCLA.
Govan hit .571 with three home runs, including a three-run blast against No. 21 Maryland, to lift the Bears to first place at the Baylor Invitational. The native of Katy, Texas totaled 10 RBIs, 18 total bases and a 1.286 slugging percentage which all placed atop the Conference leaderboard for the week. Govan was named to the Baylor Invitational All-Tournament team. The sophomore leads the nation this season with 29 RBIs per the Big 12 press release.
Courtesy of Big 12 news, Storako was exceptional in OU’s five-inning takedown of the top-ranked Bruins. The graduate transfer from Michigan twirled a complete-game shutout, surrendering no runs or walks and just three hits to go with five strikeouts. The right-handed pitcher entered a bases-loaded jam against Loyola Marymount on Saturday and retired the side with a pair of strikeouts while also throwing four scoreless innings against Cal State Fullerton on Friday. On the weekend, the two-time All-Big Ten First Team member collected two wins in three appearances, while striking out a combined 11 batters with no runs allowed, one walk and six hits. Storako is 4-0 in the circle in 2023 with an ERA of 0.34 with 26 strikeouts.
The Big 12 honors stay with Baylor and Oklahoma this week while the Bears take on UT Arlington tonight at 6 PM CST. Meanwhile, Oklahoma will have a few days rest as their next game takes place on Friday, March 3rd against UIC.