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Braden Zarbnisky gets Big 12 Player of the Week

The Mountaineers pitcher and designated hitter was incredible against Eastern Michigan and Texas Tech.

John Lowe/The Daily Athenaeum

WVU pitcher and designated hitter Braden Zarbnisky earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for his superb effort against Eastern Michigan and Texas Tech.

He shares the title this week with TCU catcher Evan Skoug.

The Big 12 issued this statement regarding the Mountaineer utility player:


Braden Zarbnisky, West Virginia, So., DH/RHP, Marietta, Ga.

Had a strong week both at the plate and on the mound for the Mountaineers, leading West Virginia to a 3-2 upset win over No. 4 Texas Tech on Sunday.

Had a team-best three hits while adding a dominating 3.0 innings on the mound. He held the Big 12's best offense to no runs on two hits with three strikeouts in the win.

Starting all four games at designated hitter last week, Zarbnisky led the team with a .500 average, seven hits, four runs scored and added his first career home run with three RBIs.

Both the Big 12 and WVU failed to mention that he also caused a balk by Texas Tech pitcher Ryan Shetter in game two of their series. He shuffled down the baseline, distracting Shetter, causing the RBI balk. (It’s at about the 0:39 mark in the highlight video below)

The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday, when they take on historic rival Penn State at Mon County Ballpark. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM ET.