Mountain West Baseball Weekly Release - April 2, 2013

April 2, 2013

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New Mexico moved into sole possession of first place with a 2-1 series win over San Diego State last week. The Lobos (6-3) travel to Air Force (2-5) this week for a three-game series ... The three-way tie in second place between San Diego State, Nevada and UNLV, all 5-4, should open up a bit this week as the Aztecs host the Wolf Pack for a trio of games. The Rebels travel to Fresno State (2-5) for an MW series.

    • Like Father, Like Son Update ... Nevada senior Tom Jameson is tied with his father, Rich, on the Wolf Pack's career innings pitched list. Both Jamesons are currently sixth with 279.0 innings pitched, following Tom's 5.2 inning performance against Fresno State on March 30.

    • Birmingham Closing in on 1,000 Wins ... New Mexico head coach Ray Birmingham is three wins away from 1,000 victories over his 26-year career. Birmingham has a 997-474-2 record coming into this week's series at Air Force. The majority of the wins (765) came during Birmingham's 18-year tenure at New Mexico Junior College ... Nevada head coach Gary Powers is the only other MW head coach with over 650 career wins. Powers is 929-741-5 in 31 seasons leading the Wolf Pack.

    • Hitting the (Record) Books ... In between sessions with their school books, several MW student-athletes have been making an impact on the league's baseball career records book. Here is a list of current players ranked among the MW Top 25 in a variety of career categories:

    - Batting Average: 7. .375, DJ Peterson, UNM; 24. .346, Mitch Garver, UNM
    - Slugging Percentage: 3. .685, DJ Peterson, UNM; 20. .563, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Games Started: 21. 188, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - At Bats: 23. 725, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Hits: 21. 249, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - RBI: 9. 179, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 18. 161, DJ Peterson, UNM
    - Doubles: 8. 65, Garett Custons, AFA; 9. 64, DJ Peterson, UNM; 18. 56, Mitch Garver, UNM; 19. 55, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 25. 51, Alex Bast, AFA
    - Triples: 19. 12, Josh Melendez, UNM & Garrett Custons, AFA; 25. 11, Alex Bast, AFA
    - Home Runs: 8. 34, DJ Peterson, UNM; 18. 30, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Hit By Pitch: 14. 33, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 18. 30, Garrett Custons, AFA
    - Sacrifice Flies: 3. 16, Alex Allbritton, UNM; 13. 12, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 25. 11, Alex Bast, AFA
    - Sacrifice Hits: 5. 27, Alex Allbritton, UNM
    - Stolen Bases: 16. 44, Garrett Custons, AFA
    - Saves: 4. 16, Zack Hartman, UNLV; 20. 8, Justin Hepner, SDSU
    - Appearances: 10. 77, Alex Baker, AFA; 25. 65, Jack Hourin, AFA
    - Complete Games: 14. 4, Cameron White, AFA
    - Strikeouts: 21. 188, Ben Bertelson, AFA

    • Quick Hits ... Air Force sophomore Tyler Saleck hit the first home run of his career on March 31 at UNLV ... Fresno State, in addition to hosting Nevada last week, had over 30 professional scouts and ESPN's Keith Law in attendance to watch the match-up between the Bulldogs Aaron Judge and Wolf Pack pitcher Bradey Shipley ... Nevada will play an exhibition game against the Reno Aces on April 2. It will be the fourth meeting between the two clubs. The Wolf Pack won the 2012 game, 7-3 ... New Mexico senior Mitch Garver was right back in the lineup on April 1 against New Mexico State after leaving the March 30 game when he was hit by a thrown ball in the face while running the bases. Garver was the DH against the Aggies ... San Diego State sophomore Ryan Muno continues to make the most of his return to the field after a hand injury that caused him to miss the first part of the season. Through 10 games, Muno is hitting .432 with five doubles, a home run and nine RBI ... UNLV became the first MW team to reach 20 wins this season and did so with back-to-back walk-off wins against Air Force on March 30 (11-10, 10 inn.) and 31 (8-7).

    • Garver Named Senior CLASS Award Top 30 ... New Mexico senior Mitch Garver has been named one of the top 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. The award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.

    • Watch Lists ...
    Golden Spikes Award Watch List: Aaron Judge, FS; Mitch Garver, UNM; DJ Peterson, UNM

    NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List: Hobie McClain, UNM; Zack Hartman, UNLV

This Week In Mountain West Baseball
Game Time TV/Webcast
APRIL 2 (TUESDAY)
Texas Tech at NEW MEXICO 3:05 p.m. MT GoLobos.com
SAN DIEGO STATE at UC Riverside 6 p.m. PT
Pacific at FRESNO STATE 6:35 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
APRIL 3 (WEDNESDAY)
AIR FORCE at Northern Colorado 2 p.m. MT
APRIL 5 (FRIDAY)
* NEW MEXICO at AIR FORCE 3 p.m. MT
* NEVADA at SAN DIEGO STATE 6 p.m. PT GoAztecs.com
* UNLV at FRESNO STATE 6:35 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
APRIL 6 (SATURDAY)
* NEW MEXICO at AIR FORCE 1 p.m. MT
* NEVADA at SAN DIEGO STATE 2 p.m. PT GoAztecs.com
* UNLV at FRESNO STATE 6:35 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
APRIL 7 (SUNDAY)
* NEW MEXICO at AIR FORCE Noon MT
* NEVADA at SAN DIEGO STATE 1 p.m. PT GoAztecs.com
* UNLV at FRESNO STATE 1:05 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
APRIL 9 (TUESDAY)
San Francisco at NEVADA Noon PT NevadaWolfPack.com
AIR FORCE at Nebraska-Omaha 3 p.m. CT
SAN DIEGO STATE at Long Beach State 6 p.m. PT
NEW MEXICO at #14 Arkansas 6:35 p.m. CT
APRIL 10 (TUESDAY)
AIR FORCE at Creighton Noon CT
#24 Arizona State at UNLV 6:05 p.m. PT UNLVRebels.com
NEW MEXICO at #14 Arkansas 6:35 p.m. CT
Legend
* = Mountain West game
(#) = Baseball America Top 25 ranking
Live stats available for most games.