Mountain West Announces Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week - May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico outfielder Ryan Padilla and TCU's Preston Morrison have earned Mountain West Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for games played from May 14-20, 2012. It is the first honor of the season for Padilla and the third of the season, second consecutive, for Morrison.

Padilla, a freshman from Albuquerque, N.M., hit .588 (10-of-17) for the week as the Lobos beat Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State and swept Air Force to earn a share of the 2012 MW regular season title. Padilla recorded multiple hits in all four games, scored five runs and drove in 10. He only struck out once in 17 at-bats. In Tuesday's 12-10 come-from-behind win against the Aggies, Padilla went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI, a run, and a walk. In a 22-4 win over Air Force on Thursday, he went 2-for-4 with three runs, five RBI and was hit by pitches twice. His home run was the Lobos' first grand slam since Feb. 28, 2009. Against the Falcons in Friday's 9-1 win, he reached base in all five plate appearances with four singles and a hit-by-pitch. He drove in one run as well. On Saturday, with a share of the Conference title on the line, he went 2-for-4 with a run scored, two RBI, a double, a walk and made a diving catch in right field in the 11-5 win.

Morrison, a rookie from Waxhaw, N.C., threw a complete-game one-hitter on Saturday as the Horned Frogs beat San Diego State, 4-0, to stay in the race for a share of the 2012 MW title. Over the nine innings, Morrison struck out five batters, hit one with a pitch and did not allow a walk. He also assisted two putouts on defense. At one point during the game, Morrison retired 20 straight batters from the third through the ninth innings. The complete-game one-hitter was the first by a Horned Frog since Derek Lee one-hit Baylor on April 6, 1996.

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
May 21 - Ryan Padilla, Fr., OF, New Mexico

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
May 21 - Preston Morrison, Fr., RHP, TCU