Mountain West Baseball Weekly Release - April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013

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Second Half Starts with UNM in First Place ... With a sweep of Fresno State (3-10) and a win by Air Force (4-9) in the San Diego State (10-5)series, New Mexico moved in to sole possession of first place in the Mountain West with an 11-4 record ... Fresno State and Air Force are scheduled to make up the two snowed-out games in March this weekend. The first games of Friday and Saturday's doubleheaders in Fresno will be seven innings with the Falcons listed as the home team.

    • SDSU's Allen Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar ... San Diego State sophomore Greg Allen has been named a 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Allen is a business major with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average and was one of 12 collegiate baseball players to receive the honor. The Aztecs' starting center fielder is hitting .282 and leads SDSU in runs scored, walks and stolen bases. The publication established the awards program to honor undergraduate students of color in a wide variety of sports who have made academic and athletic achievement a winning combination. In addition to athletic ability and academic excellence, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit community activism.

    • Birmingham Earns 1,000th Win ... New Mexico head coach Ray Birmingham earned his 1,000th victory when the Lobos beat Air Force 19-5 on April 6. Birmingham has a 1,004-476-2 record over his 26-year career, coming into Wednesday's game at New Mexico State, his alma mater. 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 964-773-5 in 33 seasons, including 31 years at the helm of the Wolf Pack. Powers started his head coaching career at Shasta College (1981-82).

    • 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: 6. .378, DJ Peterson, UNM; 24. Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - On-Base Percentage: 8. .455, DJ Peterson, UNM; 22. .432, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Slugging Percentage: 3. .685, DJ Peterson, UNM; 17. .571, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Games Played: 23. 201, Alex Allbritton, UNM
    - Games Started: 18. 195, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 20. 192, Alex Allbritton, UNM
    - At Bats: 18. 749, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 20. 745, Garrett Custons, AFA
    - Hits: 14. 259, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 22. 247, Garrett Custons, AFA; 23. 244, Mitch Garver, UNM
    - RBI: 8. 187, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 14. 171, DJ Peterson, UNM
    - Doubles: 3. 69, Garett Custons, AFA; 6. 68, DJ Peterson, UNM; 16. 57, Mitch Garver, UNM; 19. 56, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 25. 51, Alex Bast, AFA
    - Triples: 14. 13, Garrett Custons, AFA; 14. 13, Josh Melendez, UNM; 25. 11, Alex Bast, AFA
    - Home Runs: 8. 35, DJ Peterson, UNM; 14. 33, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Total Bases: 12. 428, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 13. 426, DJ Peterson, UNM; 18. 399, Garrett Custons, AFA
    - Walks: 24. 91, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Hit By Pitch: 14. 33, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 18. 30, Garrett Custons, AFA
    - Sacrifice Flies: 3. 16, Alex Allbritton, UNM; 9. 13, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 25. 11, Alex Bast, AFA; 25. 11, Josh Melendez, UNM
    - Sacrifice Hits: 4. 28, Alex Allbritton, UNM; 13. 22, Evan Potter, SDSU
    - Stolen Bases: 15. 45, Garrett Custons, AFA
    - Saves: 4. 16, Zack Hartman, UNLV; 20. 8, Michael Fain, NEV; 20. 8, Justin Hepner, SDSU
    - Appearances: 10. 78, Alex Baker, AFA; 16. 71, Jack Hourin, AFA
    - Complete Games: 14. 4, Cameron White, AFA
    - Strikeouts: 17. 195, Ben Bertelson, AFA

    • Quick Hits ... Air Force has had five games affected by weather, including Tuesday's regional game with Northern Colorado that was postponed due to extreme cold temperatures ... Fresno State's Beiden Field will be the site of five MW games this week as the Bulldogs make up two snow games against Air Force ... Nevada senior Tom Jameson earned his 20th career victory on April 14, 5-4 over UNLV ... New Mexico's mid-week game against New Mexico State will be the 235th meeting between the two programs on the baseball diamond ... San Diego State senior Ryan Doran struck out a career-high nine batters on April 14 in the Aztecs' 11-0 win at Air Force ... UNLV is 10-4 this season in one-run games.

    • 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.

This Week In Mountain West Baseball
Game Time TV/Webcast
APRIL 16 (TUESDAY)
UC Davis at NEVADA 2 p.m. PT NevadaWolfPack.com
Northern Colorado at AIR FORCE 3 p.m. MT Postponed (weather) - make-up TBA
UNLV at UC Riverside 3 p.m. PT
APRIL 17 (WEDNESDAY)
New Mexico State at NEW MEXICO 3 p.m. MT GoLobos.com
CSU Bakersfield at FRESNO STATE 6:35 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
APRIL 19 (FRIDAY)
* AIR FORCE at FRESNO STATE (DH) 3:05 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
* NEW MEXICO at NEVADA 6 p.m. PT NevadaWolfPack.com
* SAN DIEGO STATE at UNLV 6:05 p.m. PT UNLVRebels.com
APRIL 20 (SATURDAY)
* NEW MEXICO at NEVADA 1 p.m. PT NevadaWolfPack.com
* AIR FORCE at FRESNO STATE (DH) 2:05 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
* SAN DIEGO STATE at UNLV 2:05 p.m. PT UNLVRebels.com
APRIL 21 (SUNDAY)
* NEW MEXICO at NEVADA 1 p.m. PT NevadaWolfPack.com
* AIR FORCE at FRESNO STATE 1:05 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
* SAN DIEGO STATE at UNLV 1:05 p.m. PT UNLVRebels.com
APRIL 23 (TUESDAY)
Pacific at NEVADA 6 p.m. PT NevadaWolfPack.com
FRESNO STATE at CSU Bakersfield 6 p.m. PT
UC Irvine at SAN DIEGO STATE 6 p.m. PT GoAztecs.com
APRIL 24 (WEDNESDAY)
AIR FORCE at Northern Colorado 3 p.m. MT
UNLV at #9 Arizona State 6:30 p.m. PT
Legend
* = Mountain West game
(#) = Baseball America Top 25 ranking
Live stats available for most games.