X Marks The Spot For Player Of The Week Award

April 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV's Jaexie Balilea has been named the Mountain West's Player of the Week for games played through April 8. This is the first career MW weekly accolade for Balilea.

Balilea batted .857 (6-for-7) in a doubleheader sweep (8-5, 12-2) of Fresno State on the road last Wednesday. She recorded back-to-back multiple-hit performances, going 3-for-4 in the first game and 3-for-3 in the sequel. Overall, she reached base safely in eight of nine plate appearances, adding two walks to her five singles and one double. She recorded seven total bases, four RBI and three runs, while registering a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .889 on-base percentage over the two-game stretch. Defensively, she was perfect in the field with nine assists in as many tries.

The Las Vegas native helped spur UNLV's come-from-behind win in the first contest. In the third inning, she smashed a two-out double before scoring the team's first run one batter later following a two-run home run. She added an insurance score in the sixth after leading off the stanza with a single. In the nightcap, she scored the game's first run after initially reaching on a one-out walk. Her next four trips to the plate resulted in three singles, a sacrifice bunt and three RBI.