Rebels Sweep Weekly Conference Awards
April 1, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV catcher Collin Yelich and right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde were named the Mountain West Player of the Week and MW Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced earlier today.
It is the first conference honor of Yelich’s career and the second for Fedde. Fedde last earned MW recognition on April 3, 2012, which is also the last time that Rebels swept the conference weekly awards, as Trevor Kirk was named the Player of the Week for that week.
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.
UNLV (20-8, 5-4 MW) will return to action on Friday as the Rebels will travel to Fresno, Calif. to face Fresno State for the first time since 1999.