Mountain West Baseball Weekly Release - April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013

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New Mexico (14-4) took a three-game lead in the Mountain West standings to start the second half of Conference play. The Lobos swept Nevada (7-11) over the weekend, dropping the Wolf Pack to fifth place ... UNLV (11-7) took over second place with a three-game sweep of third-place San Diego State (10-8) ... Fresno State (8-10) made a jump out of last place to fourth with a five-game sweep of Air Force (4-14). The Bulldogs and Falcons made up two games that were snowed out from the first-half series in Colorado Springs.

    • UNM's Allbritton Named to Brooks Wallace Watch List ... New Mexico senior Alex Allbritton has been named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List last week by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. Allbritton is one of 25 quarterfinalists designated as the nation's finest Division I shortstops. The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

    • Nevada's Fain and SDSU's Derby Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Mid-season Watch List ... Two of the top save leaders in the Mountain West have been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Mid-season Watch List as announced by the NCBWA on April 23. Nevada freshman Michael Fain leads the MW and ranks No. 19 in the nation with nine saves, while San Diego State freshman Bubba Derby currently has seven saves. Finalists for the award will be announced on June 5.

    • Preseason Watch Lists ...
    Golden Spikes Award Watch List (midseason update - May 2): Aaron Judge, FS; Mitch Garver, UNM; DJ Peterson, UNM

    Johnny Bench Award Watch List (semifinalist - May 16): Garrett Custons, AFA; Mitch Garver, UNM

    • 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: 7. .376, DJ Peterson, UNM
    - On-Base Percentage: 8. .453, DJ Peterson, UNM
    - Slugging Percentage: 3. .681, DJ Peterson, UNM; 20. .564, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Games Played: 19. 205, Alex Allbritton, UNM; 24. 201, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Games Started: 13. 199, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 17. 196, Alex Allbritton, UNM; 23. 188, Garrett Custons, AFA
    - At Bats: 16. 768, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 18. 760, Garrett Custons, AFA; 24. 726, Mitch Garver, UNM
    - Runs: 23. 164, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Hits: 13. 263, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 21. 251, Garrett Custons, AFA; 23. 249, Mitch Garver, UNM
    - RBI: 6. 189, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 13. 176, DJ Peterson, UNM
    - Doubles: 3. 72, DJ Peterson, UNM; 4. 70, Garett Custons, AFA; 15. 58, Mitch Garver, UNM; 17. 57, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 25. 52, 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: 11. 435, DJ Peterson, UNM; 12. 433, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; 18. 404, Garrett Custons, AFA
    - Walks: 21. 93, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - Hit By Pitch: 13. 34, Garrett Custons, AFA; 15. 33, Brandon Bayardi, UNLV
    - 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; 9. 24, Evan Potter, SDSU
    - Stolen Bases: 15. 45, Garrett Custons, AFA
    - Saves: 4. 16, Zack Hartman, UNLV; 15. 9, Michael Fain, NEV; 21. 8, Justin Hepner, SDSU; 21. 8, Josh Walker, UNM
    - Appearances: 9. 79, Alex Baker, AFA; 15. 73, Jack Hourin, AFA; 23. 66, Ben Bertelson, AFA
    - Games Started: 23. 34, Ben Bertelson, AFA
    - Complete Games: 14. 4, Ben Bertelson, AFA; 14. 4, Cameron White, AFA
    - Strikeouts: 15. 201, Ben Bertelson, AFA

    • Quick Hits ... Air Force has flipped the sites of its upcoming games with Northern Colorado. The Falcons will host UNC on April 24 and travel to Greeley on April 30. AFA has also added a game against Adams State on May 1 to make up several snow-outs ... The Fresno State trio of Derick Velazquez, Blake Quinn and Jordan Brink each pitched complete games in their respective games of the five-game weekend series with Air Force ... Nevada senior Tom Jameson moved into fourth place on the Wolf Pack career list for innings pitched with 299.2. Junior Braden Shipley tied his season high for strikeouts with 10 against New Mexico on April 19 ... New Mexico junior DJ Peterson has 72 career doubles, just six shy of the Lobo record held by Daniel Stovall ... San Diego State sophomore Brad Haynal hit a pair of home runs in the Aztecs 17-inning game at UNLV on April 19. Haynal drove in five runs to become the first Aztec to record five RBI in a game this season ... UNLV recorded 29 hits in its 24-11 win at UC Riverside on April 16. It is the second most hits by a Rebel team ever recorded in a game.

    This Week In Mountain West Baseball
    Game Time TV/Webcast
    Pacific at NEVADA 6 p.m. PT
    FRESNO STATE at CSU Bakersfield 6 p.m. PT
    UC Irvine at SAN DIEGO STATE 6 p.m. PT
    Northern Colorado at AIR FORCE 3 p.m. MT
    UNLV at #8 Arizona State 6:30 p.m. PT
    * NEVADA at AIR FORCE 3 p.m. MT
    * UNLV at #24 NEW MEXICO 3 p.m. MT
    * NEVADA at AIR FORCE 1 p.m. MT
    * UNLV at #24 NEW MEXICO 1 p.m. MT
    * UNLV at #24 NEW MEXICO 1 p.m. MT
    San Francisco at SAN DIEGO STATE 3 p.m. PT
    Sacramento State at NEVADA 2 p.m. PT
    AIR FORCE at Northern Colorado 3 p.m. MT
    UC Riverside at UNLV 3:05 p.m. PT
    NEW MEXICO at Texas Tech 6:30 p.m. CT
    CSU Bakersfield at FRESNO STATE 6:35 p.m. PT
    May 1 (WEDNESDAY)
    NEW MEXICO at Texas Tech 3 p.m. CT
    Adams State at AIR FORCE 3 p.m. MT
    * = Mountain West game
    (#) = Baseball America Top 25 ranking
    Live stats available for most games.