Mountain West Announces Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week - March 25, 2013
March 25, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico catcher Mitch Garver and Air Force right-hander Alex Baker have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, for games played from March 18-24, 2013. It is the first MW recognition of the season and fifth of his career for Garver. It is Baker's first-ever MW weekly honor.
Garver, a senior from Albuquerque, N.M., hit .625 (10-of-16) as the Lobos went 3-2 for the week, including a 2-1 series win against Nevada in MW play. Garver recorded at least one hit in all five games, extending his current hitting streak to 22 games, while accounting for two game-winning, walk-off hits. In the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against Missouri State, Garver drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th, a single to give UNM a 6-5 victory. He was 3-of-4 with one RBI, one walk and one run scored for the game and was 1-of-2 with one walk in the nightcap, an 8-2 loss. Garver's second walk-off hit of the week was a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth against Nevada on Friday, capping a six-run rally for a 9-8 victory. He was 3-of-4 with two RBI, two doubles, one walk and one run scored. Garver was 1-of-3 in the Lobos' 3-2 loss to Nevada in game one of Sunday's doubleheader. The Lobos rebounded with a 7-5 win in game two with Garver producing his third multi-hit game of the week, going 2-of-3 with one walk and four runs scored.
For the week, Garver, a four-hole hitter, scored six runs, batted in three runs, struck out only once and hit two doubles. He walked four times, stole four bases and was hit by pitches twice. Defensively, Garver recorded 21 putouts, eight assists and one error from his catching position.
Baker, a senior from McKinney, Texas, pitched 7.2 scoreless innings to lead the Falcons to a 2-0 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday afternoon. Baker struck out eight batters and walked two, while setting a career-high for innings pitched. He scattered seven hits in the Falcons' first shutout 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
March 18 - Kewby Meyer, So., 1B, Nevada
March 25 - Mitch Garver, Sr., C, 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
March 18 - Tyler Linehan, Jr., LHP, Fresno State
March 25 - Alex Baker, Sr., RHP, Air Force