Richburg, Rueda earn All-Big 12 honors

OKLAHOMA CITY, Texas - Seniors Chris Richburg and Willie Rueda highlighted Texas Tech's placements on the 2009 All-Big 12 Baseball team announced earlier this morning by the Big 12 Conference.

Richburg, a Lubbock native, was named to the first team after a stellar senior season.  During the regular-season, he paced the Tech offense with a .350 batting average along with 12 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 58 RBIs.  His home run and RBI totals both were tops on the team and ranked in the Top 10 in the Big 12.

Rueda, an El Paso native, recovered strong from a hamstring injury at the beginning of the season and was named to the second team.  The senior second baseman pounded out a .333 average over 32 games while notching 10 doubles and 13 RBIs.

Named to the honorable mention team were Chad Bettis (Sophomore RHP), Joey Kenworthy (Junior shortstop), Taylor Ashby (Junior center fielder) and Scott LeJeune (Freshman designated hitter).

Texas Tech opens play in the 2009 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday as the Red Raiders face No. 2 seed Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.