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OU shortstop Sheldon Neuse earns third consecutive first-team All-Big 12 honor

Sheldon Neuse continues to be the bright spot for OU baseball.

It’s like clockwork when it comes Oklahoma shortstop Sheldon Neuse and making the All-Big 12 First Team. The junior has done it again, earning his third unanimous selection when the teams were announced by the Big 12 on Tuesday morning.

Neuse is second in the Big 12 with a .376 average but leads the conference with a .672 slugging percentage. He also has 10 home runs and 46 RBIs, both marks tied for third.

As a pitcher, Neuse is 4-1 this season with five saves with a paltry 1.40 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

Neuse was the only member of the Sooners to be named to the first or second team and is only the 10th player in Big 12 history to earn first-team honors three times. OU did have five players selected honorable mention and two named to the all-freshmen team.

Freshman pitcher Chris Andritsos and outfielder Steele Walker both made the freshman team and both were named honorable mention for the Big 12.

Joining the freshmen in honorable mentions were infielder Jack Walker, relief pitcher J.B. Olson and outfielder Cody Thomas.

Thomas, who at one point was hitting below .200, raised his average to .288 this season based in large part because of his .425 clip during the conference season.

The Sooners look to make a miracle run in the Big 12 tournament at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, starting 9 a.m. CST Wednesday against West Virginia. The Mountaineers come in as the No. 4 seed, while OU is No. 5.

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