Mountain West Announces Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week - March 13, 2013

March 13, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico third baseman DJ Peterson and UNLV right-hander John Richy have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for games played from March 5-10, 2013. It is the first MW recognition of the season for Peterson and the first MW honor for Richy.

Peterson, a junior from Gilbert, Ariz., hit .692 (18-of-26) for the week as the Lobos went 4-2, including a mid-week series win against LaSalle. Peterson was 6-of-11 in the two games against LaSalle with five runs scored, five RBI, two doubles and a home run. During UNM's weekend series with UC Riverside (2-2), Peterson was 12-of-15. In Friday's 11-9 win, he was 4-of-5 with a run scored, two RBI, a double and a home run. Peterson started Saturday's doubleheader with a 5-of-5 performance, including two home runs, that led to five runs scored and two RBI in the 14-12 loss. In the nightcap, Peterson was walked five times and was 1-of-1 from the plate, scoring on a solo homer in the 10-7 win. He was 2-of-4 with two runs scored, an RBI, a double and a triple in the series finale as UNM lost 14-9.

For the week, Peterson scored 14 runs, batted in 11 runs, hit two doubles, one triple and five home runs. He was walked seven times and stole a base.

Richy, a sophomore from Golden, Colo., pitched a complete game to give the Rebels a 5-1 win on Sunday over No. 13 Stanford and the series sweep. Richy only gave up two hits and an unearned run, while striking out four batters. He did not walk a single batter in the Rebels' second complete game performance of the season.

2013 Mountain West Baseball Players of the Week
Feb. 18 - Tim Zier, Jr., 2B, San Diego State
Feb. 25 - Alex Bast, Sr., OF, Air Force
March 4 - Austin Byler, So., 3B, Nevada
March 13 - DJ Peterson, Jr., 3B, New Mexico

2013 Mountain West Baseball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 18 - Bubba Derby, Fr., RHP, San Diego State
Feb. 25 - Kenny Oakley, Fr., RHP, UNLV
March 4 - Derick Velazquez, So., RHP, Fresno State
March 13 - John Richy, So., RHP, UNLV