Mountain West Announces Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week - April 22, 2013

April 22, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UNLV catcher Erik VanMeetren and Fresno State sophomore Jordan Brink have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, for games played from April 15-21, 2013. It is the first MW weekly recognition for both players.

VanMeetren, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., hit .500 (8-of-16) as the Rebels went 4-0 for the week, including a series sweep against San Diego State in MW play. VanMeetren started the week with a 2-of-4 performance with three walks, one RBI and four runs scored in a 24-11 win at UC Riverside on Tuesday.

Against San Diego State, VanMeetren was 6-of-12 for the series, including going 2-of-7 with one walk in the Rebels' 17-inning, 9-8 win on Friday. VanMeetren's lone RBI in the game scored the tying run in the ninth and sent the game into extra innings. In Saturday's 4-3 victory, he entered a 2-2 game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and drove in two go-ahead runs in his only at-bat. On Sunday, VanMeetren finished 3-of-4, including a two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning to give UNLV a 4-2 lead. VanMeetren scored when the next batter singled to give the Rebels an insurance run for the 5-2 final.

For the week, VanMeetren scored six runs, drove in seven and hit two doubles. He was walked four times.

Brink, a right-hander from Fresno, Calif., earned the Bulldogs a five-game sweep of Air Force with his first complete-game performance on Sunday with a 5-3 win. Brink threw a career-best 12 strikeouts and allowed just two earned runs without walking a batter over the nine innings.

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
April 22 - Erik VanMeetren, So., C, UNLV

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
April 22 - Jordan Brink, So., RHP, Fresno State