Texas Baseball – Payton Named Big 12 Player of the Week

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Senior centerfielder went 9-for-17 at the plate in four games at Cal. (Photo Via: Guillermo Hernandez | Daily Texan Staff)
Senior centerfielder went 9-for-17 at the plate in four games at Cal.
(Photo Via: Guillermo Hernandez | Daily Texan Staff)

Texas centerfielder Mark Payton was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for his play at Cal last weekend, the league announced Monday.

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The 2013 Big 12 batting champ (.393 average), Payton had a torrid start to the 2014 season, going 9-for-17 (.529) in a four-game series against the Bears. The senior had a double, triple and home run on the weekend to go along with four RBI and three runs. Payton was at his best with runners on base, going 4-for-5.

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Payton extended his reached-base streak to 43 games dating back to last year by recording multiple hits in all four games. He also extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

The Chicago native finished the weekend with a .882 slugging percentage and also added 12 putouts in center field. It is the first time in his career he has earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors.

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