Menard snags Second Team All-Big 12 honors for Bears

Published 2:44 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Matt Menard, a former Bridge City standout and senior designated hitter at Baylor University was named Second Team All-Big 12 Conference that was announced Tuesday.

Menard has had career highs in batting average (.311), runs (33), hits (61), RBI (26) and walks (17) this season.

As a junior last year, Menard was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention after hitting .309 with six home runs, 11 doubles and 25 RBI.

Menard had a huge run while playing at Bridge City for Coach Chad Landry.

The Cardinals went 25-3 in his senior year and he was a four-year letter winner. He was part of four straight District 21-3A championships and four straight regional semifinal appearances. He was the All-District Offensive MVP in 2011 and All-District Defensive MVP in 2010.

He was also a four-year letter winner in football and District 21-3A MVP at quarterback in 2011 and still holds the Bridge City school-record for career all-purpose yardage and was a National Honor Society member and heavily involved in Student Council.

Baylor baseball garnered a league-high 15 end-of-season Big 12 Conference honors, including Steve Rodriguez being named Big 12 Coach of the Year and Montana Parsons earning Co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. BU also landed a co-league-high 13 players on the All-Big 12 teams (West Virginia also had 13).

Rodriguez earned the Big 12 Coach of the Year honor for the first time in just his second season with Baylor. He is the third BU coach to win a conference coach of the year accolade and gives the Bears their 11th coach of the year honor.