Mountain West Announces Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week - May 14, 2012

May 14, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - TCU outfielder Jason Coats and freshman Preston Morrison have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for games played from May 7-13, 2012. It is the third career honor for Coats and the second of the season for Morrison.

Coats, a senior from Plano, Texas, hit .571 (8-of-14) for the week as the Horned Frogs swept Air Force to take over first place in the MW standings. Coats recorded multiple hits in all three games, starting with a home run on Friday to give TCU a 1-0 lead that it would never relinquish. He finished Friday's 10-0 win with three hits, three runs scored and three RBI. Coats picked up his second home run of the weekend in Saturday's 17-2 victory as part of a trio of Frogs that hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning. He ended up driving in four runs in three consecutive at-bats during the game on three hits. In Sunday's 6-1 decision, Coats ended up with two hits, a run scored and an RBI. His first hit on Sunday was the 300th of his career, while his lone RBI gave him 200 for his career, just the second Horned Frog to reach both milestones.

Morrison, a rookie from Waxhaw, N.C., threw eight scoreless innings on the way to the Frogs' 10-0 shutout of Air Force on Friday. He allowed only two hits, while walking one batter and striking out seven. Morrison combined with Kaleb Merck, who threw the ninth inning, for his first career shutout.

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
May 14 - Jason Coats, Sr., OF, 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
May 14 - Preston Morrison, Fr., RHP, TCU