Mitchell Garver named Mountain West Player of the Week

April 16, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –­ University of New Mexico catcher Mitchell Garver has earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week honors for games played from April 9-15, 2012.  It is his second honor of the season and third of his career.

Garver, a junior from Albuquerque, N.M., hit .450 (9 of 20) for the week as the Lobos went 3-2, including a split with No. 21 Arizona State and a MW series win over San Diego State.  Garver was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in the Lobos’ 15-6 win over ASU on Monday night.  In Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Sun Devils, he was 1-for-4 with a triple and scored the Lobos’ only run.  In the SDSU series (2-1), Garver was a combined 6-for-12 with six RBI, four runs scored, two doubles and a home run.  On Saturday, Garver was 1-for-4 in the 5-1 win in the series opener and followed up in the second game of the day with a 3-for-5 performance in the 11-4 win.  In Sunday’s series finale, a 4-3 loss, Garver was 2-for-3 from the plate and recorded 11 putouts and an assist from his defensive position behind the plate.

He finished the week with seven runs, eight RBIs, three doubles, a triple, a home run, and a stolen base. He slugged .850 on the week and reached base in half his plate appearances (11-22).

"I'm seeing the ball well," he said. "I'm looking for one pitch and when I get my pitch I hopefully won't miss it. I've been working hard on getting on top of the ball and squaring it up and putting it in play."

Garver previously won the award last season on Feb. 28, and earlier this season on Mar. 26, the same week he was named one of the College Baseball 360's Primetime Performers.

UNM head coach Ray Birmingham has been impressed with his star catcher's play all season.

"He has found his swing and things have been going well," he said.

This is the ninth time a Lobo player has earned a weekly award from the Mountain West this season, including sweeping both Player and Pitcher of the Week two times. A Lobo has won Player of the Week in five of the past six weeks.

2012 Mountain West Baseball Players of the Week

Feb. 20 – Garrett Custons, Jr., C/OF, Air Force
Feb. 28 – Josh Melendez, So., OF, New Mexico
March 5 – Matt Muñoz, Fr., 2B, San Diego State
March 12 – D.J. Peterson, So., 3B/1B, New Mexico
March 19 – D.J. Peterson, So., 3B/1B, New Mexico
March 26 – Mitchell Garver, Jr., C/OF, New Mexico
April 3 – Trevor Kirk, Sr., OF, UNLV
April 9 – D.J. Peterson, So., 3B/1B, New Mexico; Chris Wilson, Sr., OF/C, San Diego State
April 16 – Mitchell Garver, Jr., C/OF, New Mexico

2012 Mountain West Baseball Pitchers of the Week

Feb. 20 – Preston Morrison, Fr., RHP, TCU
Feb. 28 – Andrew Mitchell, So., RHP, TCU
March 5 – Stefan Crichton, So., RHP, TCU
March 12 – Gera Sanchez, Sr., RHP, New Mexico
March 19 – Austin House, Jr., RHP, New Mexico
March 26 – No nominations
April 3 – Erick Fedde, Fr., RHP, UNLV
April 9 – Austin House, Jr., RHP, New Mexico; Evan Abrecht, Sr., RHP, Air Force
April 16 – Andrew Mitchell, So., RHP, TCU