Sooner outfielder Cody Thomas has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week the conference announced on Monday afternoon. The award marked the first for Thomas, the former OU quarterback, who is in his first full season as a member of the Sooner baseball team.
Thomas started all three games of the Bedlam series and hit .417 (5-for-12) with a .500 on-base percentage and .917 slugging percentage. In Friday’s opener, he went deep with an early three-run home run and later added a two-run double as he went 2-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored. For the series, Thomas totaled a league-leading seven RBI on the week with four runs scored and combined to hit for the cycle over the three games. In Sunday’s finale, he went 2-for-3 with a two-run, two-out triple in the top of the first inning that help up in a 3-1 Sooner victory.
As a freshman in 2014, Thomas appeared in just 14 games, while making one start and going 1-for-12 at the plate. A week into the 2015 preseason, he stepped away to compete for the starting quarterback job on the OU football team. After serving as the team’s back-up at the Orange Bowl, Thomas made a return to the diamond full time.
He is hitting .304 (28-for-92) on the season with a .353 OBP and .554 slugging. Since April 12, Thomas is hitting .455 (20-for-44) with 15 RBI and four home runs and has seen his average climb 134 points. He has totaled six home runs and 21 RBI on the season.
The Sooners wrap up the regular season on the road at Austin Peay this week. Game one is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 pm.