Mountain West Announces Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week - May 7, 2012

May 7, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - TCU second baseman Derek Odell and Air Force's Ben Bertelson have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for games played from April 30-May 6, 2012. It is the first honor of the season for both student-athletes.

Odell, a freshman from Canyon, Texas, hit .583 (7-of-12) for the week as the Horned Frogs went 3-1 with a non-conference victory over Oklahoma and a 2-1 series win over New Mexico to move into a tie for first place in the MW standings. In the 4-3 win over Oklahoma, Odell was brought in as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning with TCU trailing, 3-1. His single to lead off the Frogs' half of the inning started their comeback, as he scored a few batters later to pull them within one, 3-2. Odell came up again in the ninth with two outs and the game tied at three with a runner on second base. His second single of the game scored Brance Rivera for the 4-3 win, ending an eight-game losing streak to the Sooners. In the three-game series against New Mexico, Odell moved into a starting position at second base, hitting .500 (5-of-10). Odell was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Frogs' 5-3 win on Saturday, a game that was suspended Friday night due to weather. In Saturday's scheduled game, Odell recorded his third outing in a row with multiple hits, collecting two in the 6-5 loss. In Sunday's 2-1 series finale win, Odell recorded one of the two hits that TCU was able to get against UNM pitchers in the game. Odell was perfect in the field, including a season-high seven assists in Saturday's 6-5 loss.

Bertelson, a junior from Midland, Texas, tossed a complete-game shutout against Kansas on Saturday with the Falcons winning, 3-0. The left-hander struck out eight batters and scattered eight hits, with just one going for extra bases. It was Air Force's first road victory of the season and the Falcons' first win over a Big 12 opponent since 2001. For his efforts, Bertelson was named to the Jayhawk Classic All-Tournament Team.

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
April 30 - Mitchell Garver, Jr., C/OF, New Mexico
May 7 - Derek Odell, Fr., 2B, TCU

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
April 30 - Justin Hepner, So., RHP, San Diego State
May 7 - Ben Bertelson, Jr., LHP, Air Force