Walker Earns Weekly Mountain West Honor
May 13, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Josh Walker was named Co-Mountain West Pitcher of the Week following his three-hit shutout at Fresno St. on Friday, May 10. He is sharing the award with Air Force's Cameron White, who threw a complete game to defeat San Diego St. It is Walker's first career weekly honor.
A junior and Rio Rancho, N.M., native, Walker began the season in the bullpen after spending the majority of last season in the rotation. He garnered a record of 8-0 and seven saves before making his first start of the season Friday. It turned out to be one of the best of his career.
He allowed just three singles, one of which was a bunt single, and did not walk a batter. He faced just two men over the minimum. He struck out six, threw 80 of his 103 pitches for strikes and retired the final 16 batters he faced.
"Josh was perfect," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said afterwards. "He threw a great game. He was absolutely locked in."
In the process Walker became the first Lobo to throw a complete game and not walk a batter since Wily Kesler on April 25, 2010, at Air Force. He is now 9-0 on the season and his 17-3 career record gives him a winning percentage of .850, which is the highest in school history for anyone with 15 decisions. He now sports a 3.90 ERA and has struck out 48 in 57.2 innings. He has walked just 13 batters all season.
Walker is the third Lobo pitcher to be named MW Pitcher of the Week this season, and it is the eighth weekly honor overall for UNM.
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
May 13 - Joey Swanner, So., OF, UNLV
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
May 13 - Josh Walker, Jr., RHP, New Mexico; Cameron White, Jr., RHP, Air Force