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Big 12 Softball: 2023 All-Big 12 Individual Awards Announced

Syndication: The Oklahoman

The 2023 All-Big 12 individual awards have been announced ahead of the conference tournament, which is set to begin on Thursday.

Oklahoma procured four individual honors while Texas Tech’s Kailey Wyckoff was named the league’s Freshman of the Year and Baylor’s Glenn Moore was chosen Co-Coach of the Year. The honorees were selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches.

OU junior Jayda Coleman was voted Big 12 Player of the Year, marking the first time one school has captured the award in four consecutive seasons. Jordy Bahl was named Pitcher of the Year after being named the co-winner in 2022 while Grace Lyons secured Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in league history to win the honor three years in a row. Patty Gasso took home Co-Coach of the Year, her 11th consecutive season receiving the award.

Here’s a look at each of the award winners, and what the Big 12 press release had to say about each of them.

 

2023 Big 12 Player of the Year – Jayda Coleman, Oklahoma

Coleman ranks seventh in the nation with her .566 on-base percentage, 15th in runs per game (1.10) and slugging percentage (.820) while her .439 batting average is 15th in the country. The top 10 finalist for the 2023 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year leads the Big 12 in on-base percentage, runs per game, slugging percentage, and total bases. The two-time First Team All-American won Big 12 Player of the Week twice this season and ranks second in Conference history in career batting average (0.436).

2023 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year – Jordy Bahl, Oklahoma

Bahl was masterful in league play going 7-0 with a 0.70 ERA, giving up just four runs in 18 league games, the lowest of any qualified pitcher. The sophomore’s seven Conference wins were the most of any pitcher while her opposing batting average of .130 in Big 12 games was the lowest of any league pitcher. The top 10 finalist for the 2023 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year’s career ERA of 1.13 is tied for the fourth-lowest in Big 12 history (min. 150 IP). Bahl joins Oklahoma’s Paige Parker and Texas’ Cat Osterman as players to be awarded Pitcher of the Year in both their freshman and sophomore seasons.

 

2023 Big 12 Freshman of the Year – Kailey Wyckoff, Texas Tech

Wyckoff was electric in her debut season, finishing the Conference slate tied for fourth in runs scored (14), fifth in total bases (31) and eighth in slugging percentage (.596) while finishing with a perfect fielding percentage in league games. The Katy, Texas native’s .401 batting average for the whole season is tied for fifth among Big 12 Players while she’s tied for second in total bases (111) and tied for third in doubles (15). Wyckoff’s .755 slugging percentage in all games ranks fourth in the Big 12. She is the first Red Raider to win an individual award since Kim Martinez was selected Newcomer of the Year in 1997.

2023 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year – Grace Lyons, Oklahoma

Lyons leads an OU team that ranks first nationally with a .988 fielding percentage. The redshirt senior was a unanimous selection and helped turn nine double plays with just three errors all season while adding 42 putouts and 59 assists. Lyons was selected with the second pick of the sixth round in the 2023 Women’s Professional Fastpitch draft by the Texas Smoke. 

 

2023 Big 12 Co-Coaches of the Year – Patty Gasso, Oklahoma; Glenn Moore, Baylor

Gasso guided top-ranked OU to its league-record 11th straight Big 12 softball regular season title and its 15th overall under her leadership. She led OU to an 18-0 Conference record, sweeping its way through Big 12 play for the third time in the  last five seasons. Oklahoma is 49-1 overall and on a 41-game winning streak, tied for the program record and second in NCAA Division I history. The Sooners are six games shy of tying the record (47) set by the 1996-97 Arizona Wildcats. On the season, OU has outscored opponents 408-43 including a 124-17 mark in Big 12 play. 

Moore guided Baylor to 39 wins in his 23rd season as head coach at BU. It was the Bears’ most wins since 2017 and included six top-five victories during the season, the most for one year in program history. Moore collected the 1,000th victory of his career on March 22 against UT Arlington and is the winningest coach in Baylor Athletics history. BU is currently ranked No. 15 in the USA Today/NFCA poll.

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