Mountain West Announces 2012 All-Conference Baseball Team
May 22, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The five Mountain West baseball coaches chose New Mexico junior catcher Mitchell Garver and sophomore third baseman DJ Peterson as the MW Baseball Co-Players of the Year for 2012 as the all-Conference team and individual award winners were announced today. TCU's Preston Morrison was named MW Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year, while UNM skipper Ray Birmingham earned his first MW Coach of the Year honor.
There was not much separation between Garver and Peterson during Conference play in 2012. The pair ranked 1-2 in nine offensive categories including batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, runs batted in, doubles, total bases and total plate appearances. They tied for first in home runs with eight apiece and tied for second in triples with two each. Peterson edged out Garver in batting average by .001 with a .446 clip at the plate. The Gilbert, Ariz., product topped the league with a .812 slugging percentage, .533 on-base percentage and 40 RBI. Garver, an Albuquerque, N.M., native, led the league with 42 runs scored, 49 hits, 11 doubles, 88 total bases and 123 total plate appearances. Overall, Garver and Peterson finished 1-2 in eight offensive categories. Peterson became the third player in Mountain West history to claim the overall triple-crown title with a .422 batting average, 14 home runs and 68 RBI. UNLV's Eric Nielsen earned the title in 2004 and Utah's C.J. Cron took the crown in 2011.
Morrison is the first player in Mountain West history to earn Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same season. The right-hander from Waxhaw, N.C., was 5-0 in Conference action with a league-leading 1.54 earned run average in 46.2 innings of work. He struck out 37 batters while only walking seven. Morrison also added a save in his eight MW appearances. Overall, Morrison was 9-0 during the regular season with an ERA of 1.55 and 61 strikeouts.
Birmingham led the Lobos to a share of the team's first Mountain West regular season title since 2000, the league's inaugural year. UNM recorded an 18-6 Conference record, tying TCU for the crown. The Lobos finished the regular season with a 33-22 overall record and will be the No. 1 seed in the 2012 Mountain West Baseball Championship, May 24-27, at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.
Five players were repeat all-Conference selections from a year ago, including TCU's Jason Coats, who was named to the all-Mountain West First Team for the third consecutive season. Coats, a senior outfielder from Plano, Texas, is just the third three-time, first-team honoree in the league's 13-year history to receive the honor (Jay Brossman - Utah, 2004-05, 2007; Jordan Pacheco - New Mexico, 2005-07).
|2012 All-Mountain West Baseball Team|
|Catcher||Mitchell Garver#||New Mexico||6-1||200||Jr.||Albuquerque, N.M.|
|First Base||Trent Cook!||UNLV||6-2||190||Sr.||Centerville, Utah|
|Second Base||Blair Roberts||Air Force||5-10||175||Sr.||Parker, Colo.|
|Shortstop||Alex Allbritton||New Mexico||6-2||180||Jr.||Aurora, Colo.|
|Third Base||DJ Peterson#||New Mexico||6-1||190||So.||Gilbert, Ariz.|
|Outfielder||Josh Melendez#||New Mexico||5-11||180||Jr.||Chandler, Ariz.|
|Outfielder||Jason Coats^!||TCU||6-2||190||Sr.||Plano, Texas|
|Outfielder||Brandon Bayardi!||UNLV||6-2||210||Jr.||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|DH/Utility||Ben Woodchick||New Mexico||5-10||185||Sr.||San Antonio, Texas|
|Pitcher||Austin House#||New Mexico||6-4||210||Jr.||Albuquerque, N.M.|
|Pitcher||Andrew Mitchell#||TCU||6-3||220||So.||Houston, Texas|
|Pitcher||Preston Morrison#||TCU||6-2||160||Fr.||Waxhaw, N.C.|
|Relief Pitcher||Zack Hartman||UNLV||5-11||185||So.||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|Catcher||Garrett Custons!||Air Force||5-11||200||Jr.||Sarasota, Fla.|
|First Base||Trey Porras||New Mexico||6-4||225||Sr.||Richmond, Texas|
|Second Base||Kyle Stiner||New Mexico||6-1||180||Sr.||Peoria, Ariz.|
|Shortstop||Danny Higa||UNLV||5-9||185||Sr.||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Third Base||Jantzen Witte!||TCU||6-1||195||Jr.||Arlington, Texas|
|Outfielder||Ryan Padilla||New Mexico||6-4||205||Fr.||Albuquerque, N.M.|
|Outfielder||Kyle Von Tungeln||TCU||6-0||175||Jr.||Sugar Land, Texas|
|Outfielder||Joey Swanner||UNLV||5-11||170||Fr.||Frisco, Texas|
|DH/Utility||Seth Kline||Air Force||6-1||225||So.||Yakima, Wash.|
|Pitcher||Gera Sanchez||New Mexico||6-0||180||Sr.||Las Cruces, N.M.|
|Pitcher||Josh Walker||New Mexico||6-2||180||So.||Rio Rancho, N.M.|
|Pitcher||Erick Fedde||UNLV||6-4||165||Fr.||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|Relief Pitcher||Kevin Allen||TCU||6-1||210||Jr.||Kingwood, Texas|
|Co-Players of the Year - Mitchell Garver, New Mexico; DJ Peterson, New Mexico|
|Pitcher of the Year - Preston Morrison, TCU|
|Freshman of the Year - Preston Morrison, TCU|
|Coach of the Year - Ray Birmingham, New Mexico|
|^2010 All-MW selection
!2011 All-MW selection