Mountain West Announces Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week - April 1, 2013

April 1, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UNLV catcher Collin Yelich and teammate Erick Fedde have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, for games played from March 25-31, 2013. It is the first MW recognition of the season and second of his career for Fedde. It is Yelich's first-ever MW weekly honor.

Yelich, a freshman from Thousand Oaks, Calif., hit .455 (5-of-11) as the Rebels went 3-1 for the week, including a series sweep against Air Force in MW play. Yelich sat out UNLV's loss to San Diego last Monday, 6-3, before being inserted into the starting lineup for Friday's 4-1 win over the Falcons. He was 2-of-4 from the plate with an RBI, while recording 10 putouts and an assist, catching Erick Fedde's complete game. In Saturday's 11-10 extra-inning win over Air Force, Yelich was brought in as a defensive substitution in the seventh inning and went 2-of-3 with two RBI and one run scored. His single to left field in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Joey Swanner from third base for the walk-off win.

On Sunday, Yelich was provided another walk-off opportunity in the 8-7 victory to ensure the series sweep of Air Force. Yelich was already 1-of-3 for the game with two runs scored in his starting role when he hit into a fielder's choice in the bottom of the ninth to push the winning run by Brandon Bayardi across the plate.

For the week, Yelich, a seven-hole hitter, scored three runs, batted in four runs, walked once and struck out only once. Defensively, Yelich recorded 22 putouts and two assists with no errors from his catching position.

Fedde, a sophomore right-hander from Las Vegas, Nev., pitched the first complete game of his UNLV career as the Rebels beat Air Force, 4-1, on Friday. He recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in the nine-inning appearance. Fedde allowed seven hits and one run, while walking just one batter.

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
April 1 - Collin Yelich, Fr., C, UNLV

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
April 1 - Erick Fedde, So., RHP, UNLV