Mountain West Announces Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week - April 15, 2013
April 15, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico outfielder Josh Melendez and teammate Drew Bridges have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, for games played from April 8-14, 2013. It is the first MW recognition of the season for both players. Melendez has earned the honor twice over his career.
Melendez, a senior from Chandler, Ariz., hit .526 (10-of-19) as the Lobos went 4-1 for the week, including a doubleheader split with then-No. 10 Arkansas and a series sweep against Fresno State in MW play. Melendez combined for a 5-of-9 performance against the Razorbacks, hitting 3-of-5 in the 3-0 win and 2-of-4 with a run scored in the 4-3 nightcap loss.
Against Fresno State, Melendez was a combined 5-of-10 with four runs scored and two RBI. In Friday's 11-4 win, he was 2-of-3 with one walk, one triple and two runs scored, while hitting 2-of-4 with one walk in Saturday's 14-3 victory. In UNM's 12-run eighth inning, Melendez hit an RBI-double and scored once. Melendez hit his first home run of the season in Sunday's 4-3 series sweeper, a solo shot in the second inning, finishing the game 1-of-3 with a hit-by-pitch.
For the week, Melendez scored five runs, drove in two runs and hit two doubles, one triple and one home run. He was walked twice and was hit by a pitch once. His five consecutive games with a hit last week extended his current hitting streak to 15 games, a career-high.
Bridges, a freshman right-hander from Monument, Colo., made the most of his second consecutive start by shutting out then-No. 10 Arkansas, 3-0, in the first game of New Mexico's Tuesday doubleheader. Bridges picked up the win by only allowing three hits and one walk in a career-long outing of 5.1 innings. He struck out three batters while getting eight more to ground out.
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
April 8 - Jake Romanski, Sr., C, San Diego State
April 15 - Josh Melendez, Sr., OF, 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
April 1 - Erick Fedde, So., RHP, UNLV
April 8 - Michael Cederoth, So., RHP, San Diego State
April 15 - Drew Bridges, Fr., RHP, New Mexico