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Big 12 Announces All-Conference Softball Awards

Texas utility Reese Atwood (14) hits a double during the Big 12 softball tournament game between the Texas Longhorns and the Kansas Blue Jays at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, on Friday, May 12, 2023.

With the 2024 Big 12 Softball Tournament getting underway on Wednesday, the conference has announced the 2024 All-Big 12 Softball award winners.

According to the Big 12 release, Texas took home three of the five individual awards, while Oklahoma State’s Lexi Kilfoyl was named unanimous Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and Oklahoma’s Kinzie Hansen was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Texas sophomore Reese Atwood became the first Longhorn to be voted Big 12 Player of the Year since Taylor Thom in 2014. Teagan Kavan is the Longhorns’ first Freshman of the Year since Tiarra Davis in 2014 while Mike White was named Big 12 Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.

 

The award winners were all selected by vote from the league’s head coaches.

Here’s the announcement for each individual award winner and what the conference had to say about them in the release on Wednesday.

Big 12 Player of the Year: Reese Atwood, Texas

Atwood leads the country with 83 RBIs, which ranks sixth all-time in a single season by a league player. The USA Softball Player of the Year Top 26 Finalist also led the league in the regular season in home runs (21), the most by a UT player in a single season, total bases (144), and slugging percentage (.917). Atwood won three Big 12 Player of the Week awards during the regular season, and the sophomore is the first underclassman to win Player of the Year since Oklahoma’s Shay Knighten in 2017.

Big 12 Pitcher of the Year: Lexi Kilfoyl, Oklahoma State

Kilfoyl led the Conference and ranks third nationally with a 1.11 earned run average while her league-leading 21 wins are 14th nationally. The graduate student’s .172 opponent batting average was the second-best by a Conference pitcher during the season. Kilfoyl is OSU’s third Pitcher of the Year in the last four seasons.

 

Big 12 Freshman of the Year: Teagan Kavan, Texas

Kavan shined in her debut season, posting a 16-2 record with the eighth-lowest ERA by a league pitcher (2.09). The freshman threw 97.1 innings and gave up just 31 runs with six complete games.

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year: Kinzie Hansen, Oklahoma

Hansen had a .986 fielding percentage with 199 putouts during the season. The catcher from Norco, California was the anchor of a Sooner defense that ranks fourth nationally with a .981 fielding percentage. This is the sixth consecutive season that an OU player has won Defensive Player of the Year.

Big 12 Coach of the Year: Mike White, Texas

White led Texas to its first regular season Big 12 Championship since 2010 with a 23-4 league record. White has taken the Longhorns to the top of the national polls and the top RPI ranking in the country. UT outscored its opponents 411-104 this year and went 9-5 against USA Today/NFCA Top 25 teams during the season, including an 8-4 mark against top 10 teams.

 

2024 All-Big 12 Award Winners

Player of the Year: Reese Atwood, Texas
Pitcher of the Year: Lexi Kilfoyl, Oklahoma State*
Defensive Player of the Year: Kinzie Hansen, Oklahoma
Freshman of the Year: Teagan Kavan, Texas
Coach of the Year: Mike White, Texas

The Texas Longhorns secured the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament after winning the regular season conference title for the first time since 2010. Oklahoma grabbed the No. 2 seed, while Oklahoma State earned the No. 3 seed. If both teams advance, they could potentially face each other in the semifinals on Friday.

If you missed our 2024 Big 12 Softball Tournament Preview, you can find it right here!

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