Mountain West Announces Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week - April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico second baseman Sam Haggerty and San Diego State sophomore Mike RoBards have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, for games played from April 22-28, 2013. It is the first MW weekly recognition for both players.

Haggerty, a freshman from Denver, Colo., hit .545 (6-of-11) as the Lobos went 3-0 for the week, a series sweep against UNLV in MW play. In Friday's 9-0 win against the Rebels, Haggerty, the two-hole hitter in the series, was 2-of-4 with one walk, one run scored and two RBI. On Saturday, his lone hit of the game (1-of-3) started UNM's four-run, eighth-inning rally. His run scored in the inning tied the game and led to a 5-3 victory. During Sunday's come-from-behind 14-13, 10-inning win, Haggerty was 2-of-3 with three runs scored and the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th. In the ninth inning, his seven-pitch walk with two outs extended UNM's six-run rally to tie the game.

For the week, Haggerty scored five runs and drove in three. He was walked four times, laid down two sacrifice bunts and had one sacrifice fly. Defensively, Haggerty only recorded one error in 18 total chances.

RoBards, a left-hander from Oceanside, Calif., led the Aztecs to an 18-2 win over UC Irvine on Tuesday night. He allowed just one run on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The Anteaters were ranked in the Top 25 last week in two of the top four national polls - No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 22 in the NCBWA rankings. In the Aztecs' series finale against Fresno State on Sunday, RoBards entered the game in the eighth inning to get the third out with two Bulldog runners in scoring position. He struck out the first batter of the ninth to preserve a save situation for closer Bubba Derby in the 4-2 win.

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
April 29 - Sam Haggerty, Fr., 2B, New Mexico

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
April 29 - Mike RoBards, So., LHP, San Diego State