Garver, Wolff Named MW Player and Pitcher of the Week

May 6, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico seniors Mitch Garver and Sam Wolff were named the Mountain West Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played April 29-May 5. It is the second MW weekly honor for Garver this season and the sixth of his career. For Wolff, this is his first MW honor.

Garver, an Albuquerque native out of LaCueva HS, went 11-for-19 (.571) as the Lobos went 3-1 on the week. He was 2-of-4 with one RBI, one double and one walk in UNM's mid-week, 12-8 road loss to Texas Tech.

In Friday's 11-10, come-from-behind win against Air Force, Garver, the clean-up hitter in the series, was 2-for-4 with one walk, two runs scored and one double. With the Lobos down 10-9, his bunt single in the bottom of the ninth loaded the bases and put runners in scoring position for the following two batters to put the tying and winning runs across the plate. On Saturday, Garver was 3-for-5 with three RBI, one triple and two runs scored as the Lobos won 17-1 to clinch their eighth straight MW series victory.

Sunday's 14-7 win against the Falcons clinched the MW title for UNM. Garver was 4-for-6 with six RBI, two runs scored, one double and two home runs in the Lobos' home finale. It was his second career multi-homer game. For the week he scored six runs and drove in 10. He hit three doubles, one triple and two home runs while being walked twice and hit by a pitch once.

"He is the greatest catcher in Lobo history," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said.

Garver, who has started a school-record 169 straight games, is now hitting .396 with 18 doubles, 52 RBI, and a .584 slugging percentage, all of which rank second on the team. 

Sam Wolff had perhaps the best outing of his career Saturday against Air Force. He pitched a career-best 7.2 innings and tied a career-high with seven strikeouts.

Wolff, a native of Rapid City, S.D., teamed up with Garver, his battery mate, Saturday afternoon to lead the Lobos to a 17-1 win over Air Force. In his 12th start of the season he hurled a career-best 7.2 innings and tied his career high with seven strikeouts. He allowed one run on four hits with just one walk. After the Falcons scored their lone run of the game with two outs in the first, Wolff held Air Force scoreless over his final seven innings.

The run in the first against Air Force is the only run he has allowed in his last 21.2 innings, which has lowered his ERA to 3.51. He has allowed only eight extra base hits in 66.2 innings this season and has set a new career high with 48 strikeouts.

UNM now has won seven weekly MW awards this season, which is two more than any other team in the conference.

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
May 6 - Mitch Garver, Sr., C, 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
May 6 - Sam Wolff, Sr., RHP, New Mexico