Mountain West Baseball Announces Player and Pitcher of the Week - April 23, 2012

April 23, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico outfielder Ben Woodchick and UNLV's Zack Hartman have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for games played from April 16-22, 2012. It is the first honor of the season for both student-athletes.

Woodchick, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, hit .500 (10 of 20) for the week as the Lobos went 5-0, including a two mid-week road wins at Texas Tech and a weekend series win over Florida Gulf Coast. Against the Red Raiders, Woodchick went 3-for-7, with two runs scored, three RBI and two walks. During the weekend series sweep of FGCU, Woodchick collected seven hits in 13 at-bats with a run scored, four RBI, a walk and two stolen bases. For the week, Woodchick hit safely in all five games, including a current four-game streak of multiple hits, and recorded a .565 on-base-percentage. Woodchick also did not commit an error during the five games as he had five put-outs and one assist from the outfield.

Hartman, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., enjoyed a great weekend on the mound in three relief appearances for UNLV. Hartman was an instrumental part in the Rebels sweep of Air Force in a crucial MW series that saw the Rebels enter the weekend one game behind the Falcons and finish two games ahead following Sunday's 5-4 win. For the weekend, Hartman totaled four innings pitched, giving up just one hit and striking out five while not issuing a walk. Hartman entered the eighth inning with runners on first and second and no outs Friday night and retired six straight, including three by strikeout in just 19 pitches to earn his fifth save of the season, preserving the 4-1 lead for UNLV. In Saturday's 7-6 win, Hartman worked around a leadoff single in the top of the ninth to retire the final three batters in order. His lone strikeout ended the game, picking up his sixth save of the year. With Sunday's game tied at 4-4 heading into the ninth, Hartman shut down the Air Force side in order, setting up a thrilling bottom of the ninth that saw the Rebels load the bases with no outs before Brandon Bayardi's sacrifice fly to right scored the game winner, sealing UNLV's first sweep of the year. Earlier in the week, Hartman threw an inning of relief without giving up a hit and striking out two against UC Riverside on Wednesday. For the week, Hartman maintained a 0.00 ERA with seven strikeouts, no walks, one hit allowed, one unearned run, a win and two saves in four appearances.

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
April 23 - Ben Woodchick, Sr., 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 - Evan Abrecht, Sr., RHP, Air Force; Austin House, Jr., RHP, New Mexico
April 16 - Andrew Mitchell, So., RHP, TCU
April 23 - Zack Hartman, So., RHP, UNLV