GBN’s regular season awards after WVU sweeps K-State The Gold and Blue Nation Podcast

It's chaos in the Big 12 as the regular season comes to a close. WVU did its job at home by sweeping the Kansas State Wildcats, but the league standings were still up in the air as Ryan Decker and Sam Coniglio recorded the latest edition of the Gold and Blue Nation Podcast. The duo look back on WVU's sweep of the Wildcats as well as the exciting 2022 regular season as a whole. They give out their season awards and take a quick look ahead to WVU's upcoming trip to Arlington, Texas for the Big 12 Tournament. Subscribe on your preferred podcast platform to have future episodes delivered to you. Gold and Blue Nation is the local leader for Mountaineer sports news, producing comprehensive coverage on TV and online. Download the free Gold and Blue Nation app via your preferred app store so you’re never more than a touch away from our WVU sports reporting, highlights and archived shows.

Eight WVU baseball players were selected as All-Big 12 honorees, the league announced Tuesday.

Right fielder Austin Davis and closer Trey Braithwaite headlined the Mountaineers’ showing on the lists as First Team honorees. Davis led WVU with 72 hits and a .336 batting average from the leadoff spot, including a .382 average in league play. Braithwaite recorded eight saves, including seven against Big 12 teams, with an 0.86 ERA in the league and 1.54 overall.

McGwire Holbrook is WVU’s sole representative on the second team as a designated hitter after finishing the regular season hitting .325 with a team-high .925 OPS and a second-best 42 RBIs. Pitchers Ben Hampton, Jacob Watters, Noah Short and infielder JJ Wetherholt all received honorable mentions.

Wetherholt and pitcher Chris Sleeper each represent WVU on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Sleeper opened the season as part of the starting rotation, but became one of Randy Mazey’s most reliable arms out of the bullpen and ended with a 3.61 ERA and a 3-4 record. Wetherholt was WVU’s No. 2 hitter throughout the regular season and hit .308 with 36 runs batted in.

First baseman Ivan Melendez was named the league’s Player of the Year. The former 18th-round draft pick currently leads the nation with 28 home runs and a 1.472 OPS, knocking 14 homers in Big 12 play alone. Brandon Birdsell is the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year with a 5-2 record, a 3.26 ERA and 53 strikeouts.

First-year TCU coach Kirk Saarloos earned Coach of the Year honors after leading the Horned Frogs to their second consecutive regular season title. He became the first coach to win the league in his first season at the helm, while tying the Division I lead among first-year coaches with 35 wins.

The Big 12 Tournament begins Wednesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. 6-seed West Virginia’s first-round matchup is set for 8:30 p.m. ET against Oklahoma.

Big 12 Baseball Tournament Preview The Gold and Blue Nation Podcast

The Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship begins Wednesday at its new home: Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.  West Virginia enters the tournament as the No. 6-seed and is set to face No. 3 Oklahoma in the opening round. Get caught up on the bracket and biggest storylines heading into this double-elimination tournament with The Gold and Blue Nation Podcast, presented by Pritt & Spano.  Hosts Nick Farrell and Anjelica Trinone examine possible roads to a championship for the Mountaineers, who have won at least two games in each of the last five completed tournaments.  WVU's opener against the Sooners is scheduled for Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.