Peterson Earns MW Player of the Week Honors

March 13, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico third baseman DJ Peterson earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week honors for games played from March 5-10, 2013.  It is his first MW recognition of the season.

A junior from Gilbert, Ariz., Peterson hit .692 (18-for-26) for the week as the Lobos went 4-2, including a mid-week series win against LaSalle. He was 6-for-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-for-15.  In Friday’s 11-9 win, he was 4-for-5 with a run scored, two RBI, a double and a game-tying home run in the eighth.  Peterson started Saturday’s doubleheader with a 5-for-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-for-1 at the plate, clubbing a solo homer in the 10-7 win. From his final at bat Friday through the doubleheader on Saturday he reached base 12 straight times.

He was 2-for-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, knocked in 11, hit two doubles, one triple and five home runs.  He was walked seven times, three of which were intentional, and stole a base.

His spectacular week helped him vault up the national leaderboard in several categories. He ranks first in the entire country in slugging percentage (1.138), total bases (66), home runs per game (0.57) and is tied for first in home runs (eight). He also ranks in the Top 10 in runs per game (second, 1.71), batting average (tied for second, .500), on-base percentage (fourth, .597), runs (tied for fourth, 24), hits (tied for fifth, 29), and RBI per game (sixth, 1.57). He is also tied for 12th in RBI (22) and is tied for 23rd in doubles (seven).

This is the fifth time in his career that he was named MW Player of the Week. He earned the honor three times last season and once as a freshman. This is the first Player of the Week honor for a Lobo this season after the team set a record with 12 such awards in 2012.

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