Mountain West Announces Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nevada second baseman Ryan Howell has earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week, while UNLV junior Kenny Oakley was named MW Baseball Pitcher of the Week for games played through Sunday, March 8, 2015. It is the third MW weekly honor for Oakley in his career, and the first for Howell.
BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RYAN HOWELL, NEVADA
Junior, Second Baseman, Brentwood, Calif. / Chabot College
- Led Nevada to a 4-1 record last week with non-conference wins over Pacific (13-12, 11 inn.) and UC Davis (7-6) and a 2-1 series win over UNLV.
- Posted a batting average of .500 (11-for-22) with five runs scored, eight runs batted in, two doubles, three home runs and two walks. He had a minimum of two hits in four of the five games last week and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
- In 11 innings against Pacific, was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, four RBI, one double, two home runs and one walk. Also had five putouts and five assists from his second base position.
- Was 2-for-4 with one run scored, one home run, one walk and three RBI against UC Davis.
- Was 3-for-5 in Friday’s Game One 5-4 victory over the Rebels. Picked up one RBI.
- Recorded a 2-for-4 performance in the 8-5 series finale victory on Sunday. Scored one run and hit one double.
BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK
KENNY OAKLEY, UNLV
Junior, Right-Handed Pitcher, Henderson, Nev. / Coronado HS
- Threw a complete-game, 1-0 shutout against Nevada in Game 2 of the three-game series on Saturday.
- Recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts and only allowed four hits and two walks in nine innings of work.
- All four hits allowed were singles and only three Nevada baserunners made it past first base.
- Threw 133 pitches, 84 for strikes.
2015 Mountain West Baseball Players of the Week
Feb. 16 – Brody Russell, Jr., OF, Fresno State
Feb. 23 – Austin Byler, Sr., 1B, Nevada
March 2 – Steven Pallares, Sr., OF, San Diego State
March 9 – Ryan Howell, Jr., 2B, Nevada
2015 Mountain West Baseball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 16 – Jake Shull, Jr. RHP, Fresno State
Feb. 23 – C.J. Saylor, So., RHP, San Diego State
March 2 – Griffin Jax, So., RHP, Air Force
March 9 – Kenny Oakley, Jr., RHP, UNLV