COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – UNLV outfielder Joey Swanner was named Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week, while Air Force junior Cameron White and New Mexico junior Josh Walker have earned MW Co-Pitchers of the Week honors, for games played from May 6-12, 2013. It is the first MW honor for all three student-athletes.
Swanner, a sophomore from Frisco, Texas, hit .368 (7-of-19) as the Rebels went 4-0 for the week, including a series sweep at Nevada in MW play. Swanner was 2-of-4 with three runs scored and a double from his lead-off position on May 6 in UNLV’s 12-10 over San Diego.
In Friday’s 12-2 win against the Wolf Pack, Swanner was 3-of-5 with three doubles, one walk and five RBI. On Saturday, UNLV won 5-1 on only three hits and three walks. Swanner was 0-of-3 with one walk and one run scored. In Sunday’s 15-1 series finale, Swanner was 2-of-7 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored.
For the week, Swanner scored five runs and drove in seven. Six of his seven hits were doubles and he accumulated four walks. Defensively, Swanner recorded five putouts from his left field territory.
White, a right-hander from Colleyville, Texas, led the Falcons to a 4-2 win at San Diego State on Friday night. White threw a complete game, not allowing a hit until two outs in the fifth inning. He recorded seven strikeouts, did not give up a walk and allowed only five hits. The win ended a 28-game losing streak by the Falcons in San Diego (2002) and gave Air Force its sixth MW win of the season, its most since 2002.
Walker, a right-hander from Rio Rancho, N.M., led the Lobos to a 9-0 win at Fresno State on Friday night. It was his first career shutout and his first start of the 2013 season. Walker allowed just three singles, did not walk a batter and struck out six Bulldogs. He retired the final 16 batters he faced and allowed just one runner to reach second base.
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 – Cameron White, Jr., RHP, Air Force; Josh Walker, Jr., RHP, New Mexico