Mountain West Baseball Announces Player and Pitcher of the Week - March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico first baseman D.J. Peterson and right-hander Gera Sanchez have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for games played from March 5-11, 2012.

Peterson, a sophomore from Gilbert, Ariz., hit .562 (9-for-16) as the Lobos went 3-1 on the week, including a three-game sweep of Gonzaga. Peterson hit safely in all four games, starting the week with a 3-for-4, five RBI, two-run performance in a 16-12 loss at New Mexico State. On Friday in an 11-6 win over previously undefeated Gonzaga, Peterson was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Saturday the Lobos guaranteed a series win with a 2-1 win in 10 innings. Peterson was 1-for-4 in the game, while defensively had 14 putouts. In the Gonzaga series finale, Peterson was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run in the 4-1 win. In 19 plate appearances, Peterson only struck out once all week.

Sanchez, a senior from Las Cruces, N.M., earned two wins in three relief appearances for the Lobos last week. Sanchez threw one and a third innings against NMSU on Tuesday, striking out every batter he faced. His first win of the week was on Friday against Gonzaga, pitching three innings without giving up a run. He only allowed one hit, one walk and struck out five batters on a season-high 53 pitches. On Saturday against Gonzaga, Sanchez pitched the 10th inning with one strikeout to set up the Lobos for the 2-1 win in the bottom of the inning. For the week, Sanchez had 10 strikeouts, one walk, one hit allowed and no runs allowed in five and a third innings of work.

2012 Mountain West Baseball Players of the Week
Feb. 20 - Garrett Custons, Jr., C/OF, Air Force
Feb. 28 - Josh Melendez, So., OF, New Mexico
March 5 - Matt Muñoz, Fr., 2B, San Diego State
March 12 - D.J. Peterson, So., 1B, New Mexico

2012 Mountain West Baseball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 20 - Preston Morrison, Fr., RHP, TCU
Feb. 28 - Andrew Mitchell, So., RHP, TCU
March 5 - Stefan Crichton, So., RHP, TCU
March 12 - Gera Sanchez, Sr., RHP, New Mexico