Ripley garners awards

Dallas, Texas - Senior Jim Ripley, along with Texas' J.P. Howell, were named Big 12 Pitchers of the Week in voting by a select panel of media covering Big 12 baseball for games played from March 2-8, the league office announced Tuesday.

Ripley, who was named one of four Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball on Monday, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a career-high 10 batters in the 2-1 win over Alabama on Sunday. Ripley, 1-0 on the season, retired 18 of the first 19 batters he faced in just his second start of the season, including 17 in a row. A hit batsman was the lone blemish until a single broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh. He finished with seven innings pitched and gave up one run on one hit while walking just one batter and retired 21 of the 24 batters he faced.

The conference honor is the first of such for Ripley and is the first by a Wildcat baseball player since Zack Saunders won the weekly hitter honor in April of last season. Jonathan Gutierrez was the last pitcher to take conference weekly honors back in 2002.

Kansas State (9-4) won the Centenary Gent Classic title with the win over Alabama on Sunday. The one-hitter by Kansas State was the first since Casey Cook and Jon Oiseth one-hit Bethany on April 30, 1997.

The Wildcats, winners of six in a row, open a six-game homestand on Tuesday when Northern Colorado visits Tointon Stadium. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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