Haggerty Named Mountain West Player of the Week
April 29, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico second baseman Sam Haggerty was named Mountain West Player of the Week for his performance last weekend against UNLV. The freshman went 6-for-11 (.545) out of the two-hole in UNM's lineup and Sunday provided the game-winning RBI on a 10th-inning sacrifice fly in a wild 14-13 come-from-behind victory over the Rebels.
"It's an honor," he said of winning the award. "I'm glad the team is playing well, and I'm glad I'm able to contribute."
In Friday’s 9-0 win against the Rebels, Haggerty was 2-for-4 with one walk, one run scored and two RBI. On Saturday, his lone hit of the game started UNM’s four-run, eighth-inning rally. His run scored in the inning tied the game and led to a 5-3 victory as he finished 1-for-3. During Sunday’s wild win, Haggerty was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. 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.
The youngster out of Mullen HS in Denver, Colo., has been playing like anything but a freshman this season. He has raised his average to .302, which is the highest it has been since March 17. He is tied for the team lead in walks with 33 and triples with four, and his .429 on-base percentage is third on the club. He has reached base in each game of UNM's 10-game winning streak.
His defense has improved as well. After committing five errors in his first seven games, he has committed only six in the past 36.
This is his first Player of the Week honor, and it's the fifth such honor for a Lobo this season. UNM travels to Texas Tech to play the Red Raiders Tuesday night.
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