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This Week in WAC Baseball - April 2
Courtesy: WAC

Dallas Baptist catcher Duncan McAlpine has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for March 25-31.

McAlpine, a senior from North Richland Hills, Texas (Birdville HS), helped the Patriots to a 3-1 record last week with wins over TCU and Sacramento State. McAlpine hit .313 (5-for-16). He also tallied three home runs, four RBI and 14 total bases on the week. His three home runs on the week gives the senior catcher a league-best nine on the year. In a 10-0 series-opening victory over Sacramento State, McAlpine went 2-for-4 with two runs, one home run and an RBI. In game two of the Sacramento State series, McAlpine went 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs, three runs and three RBI in the 6-3 win.

The other hitter of the week nominations: CSU Bakersfield freshman third baseman Mylz Jones … Sacramento State freshman designated hitter Chris Lewis … Texas State sophomore designated hitter Colby Targun … UT Arlington junior catcher Greg McCall … UTSA sophomore catcher John Bormann.

CSU Bakersfield left-hander Jeff McKenzie has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for March 25-31.

McKenzie, a senior from El Dorado Hills, Calif. (San Joaquin Delta College), tossed his third complete game in his last four starts as CSU Bakersfield defeated New Mexico State 4-0 Wednesday night. McKenzie allowed four hits, struck out nine, and picked off two Aggies at first base. He walked three as he faced 31 batters, four over the minimum. Since March 1, McKenzie has given up two runs, one earned (35.2 innings pitched). The 6-0 lefty lowered his ERA to 1.17 on the season.

The other pitcher of the week nominations: Dallas Baptist junior Jake Johansen … Texas State sophomore Taylor Black … UT Arlington junior Brad Vachon.

After succesful tournaments in Mesa, Ariz., the past three years, the WAC baseball tournament will now head to Grand Prairie, Texas this May. The event will be played at QuikTrip Park, home of the Grand Prairie Air Hogs. The Air Hogs play in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The cities of Grand Prairie and Arlington will host the tournament with the winner earning the WAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The top eight teams from the WAC’s regular season standings will advance to the tournament.  The brand-new QuikTrip Park at Grand Prairie located in the heart of Grand Prairie’s Entertainment District directly between Lone Star Park and Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX. The $25 million venue, seats 5,500 guests and features 13 luxury suites. Amenities at the stadium include: The AirHogs Pool and Party Deck, the 17,000 sq. ft. Grand Prairie Wide World of Parks Playground, the FieldHouse Grill & Bar, the 3rd Base Party Deck, the Coors Light Officers Club and the Admirals Club. QuikTrip Park hosts special events such as live boxing, concerts, car shows, festivals and corporate events.


CSU Bakersfield (19-10, 4-2 WAC)
CSU Bakersfield went 2-2 last week ... the team went 2-1 in a three-game WAC series against New Mexico State ... CSUB opened the week with a 5-4 loss to UC Irvine ... the team then won the first two games of a three-game set against NM State by scores of 4-0 and 13-2 ... the Runners dropped the series finale to NM State 5-4 ... Mylz Jones hit .563 with a .688 slugging and .611 on-base percentage in four games during the week ... Jones scored three runs and did not commit an error in 10 chances during the week ... Jones tied the CSUB school record for longest hitting streak with two hits on Mar. 30 in the series finale against New Mexico State ... he has had at least one hit in 20 consecutive games now ... Jeff McKenzie allowed four hits, struck out nine, and picked off two Aggies at first base in a complete game shutout against NM State ... CSUB travels to take on UT Arlington this week in WAC play.

Dallas Baptist (16-12, 4-2 WAC)
Dan Heefner won his 200th game as Head Coach for DBU on Tuesday in a 5-4 win at TCU ... the Patriots played their first-ever Division I conference games this past week ... the Patriots took two of three games from Sacramento State at home to go a combined 3-1 on the week ... Duncan McAlpine’s three home runs and OPS of 1.228 helped DBU to a weekend series win over Sacramento State after a midweek win over TCU ... McAlpine totaled 14 bases during the four games this week ... McAlpine was named WAC Hitter of the Week for his performance ... Jake Johansen picked up a complete game shutout in the first game against Sacramento State this weekend after throwing all seven innings of a run-rule shortened contest. Johansen allowed five hits, struck out three, and did not walk a batter ... this week, DBU travels to play Baylor on Tuesday before playing a three-game WAC series at New Mexico State.

Louisiana Tech (11-19, 1-5 WAC)
Louisiana Tech went 1-4 last week ... the team opened the week with a 7-4 WAC loss to Seattle U on Monday ... the team then bounced back to defeat Grambling 6-0 on Tuesday ... Tech then dropped each game of a three-game series to UT Arlington by scores of 7-1, 3-1 and 11-0 ... Bre’shon Kimbell led the Louisiana Tech attack at the plate, batting .286 with four hits, two runs, one double, one home run, two walks and an RBI ... Taylor Terrasas hit .278 with five hits, two runs scored, one double and a walk ... Ryan Gebhardt hit .263 with five hits, two runs scored, one double, one triple, two RBI and four walks during the five games ... Trevor Petersen pitched 6.2 innings in his one appearance on the mound, giving up only one run while collecting five strikeouts ... Caleb Dudley gave up only two runs in 8.1 innings of work ... Louisiana Tech travels to play San Jose State in a three-game WAC series this week.

New Mexico State (16-14, 2-4 WAC)
New Mexico State went 2-2 last week ... the Aggies opened the week with a 7-6 non-conference win at home over Texas Tech ... the team then dropped the first two games of a three-game series against CSU Bakersfield on the road by scores of 4-0 and 13-2 ... the Aggies then won the series finale against the Roadrunners by a score of 5-4 ... Jory Goldstrom led the Aggies at the plate, hitting .417 with five hits, three RBI and a pair of walks ... Tanner Rust hit .400 with six hits, two runs scored, two RBI and two walks ... Christopher Bradley picked up two wins on the mound last week in his three appearances ... Bradley pitched 5.0 innings with five strikeouts ... he gave up only three hits, two runs and two walks ... New Mexico State also defeated in-state rival New mexico 10-5 on Monday night ... the team continues play this week with a three-game series at home against Dallas Baptist.

Sacramento State (14-13, 2-4 WAC)
Dane Fujinaka had a straight steal of home on Saturday at Dallas Baptist for his first career stolen base ... after allowing only two home runs all season, DBU hit six home runs in the three games against Hornet pitchers ... Sacramento State outhit its opposition, 36-35, in the four games but left 39 runners on base in those games…the team will play five games this week, including its first matchup against Texas State ... Chris Lewis’ home run helped Sacramento State to its 11-7 victory over Dallas Baptist on Saturday ... the freshman hit .500 in the team’s four games during the week and had a slugging percentage of .714 ... this week, Sacramento State hosts UC Davis on Tuesday and San Francisco on Wednesday in non-conference play before hosting Texas State for three games of WAC play.

San Jose State (9-19, 3-3 WAC)
San Jose State went 2-2 last week ... the Spartans dropped a 9-2 decision at home against UC Davis on Monday ... the team then took two of three games from UTSA in San Antonio by scores of 12-4, 11-7 and 8-14 ... Matt Carroll (2), Sheldon Daquioag (1) and Nick Schulz (1) all hit home runs in the series against UTSA ... San Jose State banged out 43 hits, 15 of which were extra base hits, in the three-game series with the Roadrunners ... a small shakeup in the pitching rotation last week made David Wayne Russo (3-3, 4.06) the No. 1 starter, D.J. Slaton (1-4, 4.76) at No. 2 and Johnny Melero (0-3, 7.02) at No. 3 ... reliever Kyle Hassna has a WAC-leading 0.88 ERA in 30.2 innings of work ... the senior right-hander is 2-3 on the year with one save and 25 strikeouts ... Sheldon Daquioag leads the team in batting at .397 in 68 AB’s ... SJSU plays at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday before hosting LA Tech for thre games.

Seattle U (10-16, 2-4 WAC)
After winning its fourth consecutive weekend series Monday at Louisiana Tech, Seattle U was swept in a three-game conference series at Texas State ... the Redhawks scored first in all three games, but Texas State came back each time thanks to one big inning ... after Seattle U scored once in the top of the fifth, Texas State scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth on its way to a 4-2 victory ... the Redhawks took a 2-0 lead in the third inning of Friday’s game, but the Bobcats scored five runs in the fourth inning as part of a 7-5 victory ... a three-run first inning by Seattle U was erased by a four-run third inning Saturday for Texas State, and the Bobcats would hang on for a 6-4 win ... freshmen Cash McGuire and Landon Cray collected their first career collegiate home runs during the Texas State series ... Seattle U starts a six-game homestand against Washington and Portland before welcoming UTSA for three games.

UT Arlington (15-12, 5-1 WAC)
UT Arlington bounced back from a 7-0 set-back at the hands of Texas A&M on Tuesday to sweep Louisiana Tech in a rain-delayed weekend in Ruston ... the Mavericks took Friday’s game 7-1 to open up the series and then won in 14 innings on Saturday 3-1 before finishing up the sweep in a 11-0 run-rule game going just seven innings ... UTA returns home this week to open up a stretch of five consecutive games at home ... the Mavericks face Oklahoma Christian on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting CSU Bakersfield in a weekend series ... Greg McCall’s timely hitting came up big for UTA in the Mavericks sweep of Louisiana Tech … the junior opened up the series with his first home run of the season on a two-run shot over the right-center field fence for two of his three RBI in a game in which he would have three hits … he would follow that up with a two-run single in the top of the 14th inning on Saturday to break a 1-1 tie that proved to be the game winning hit.

Texas State (12-16, 5-1 WAC)
Texas State played Texas close in a 5-3 loss to start the week, but bounced back with an impressive sweep of Seattle ... Texas State hit .277 as a team with nine extra base hits ... the Bobcats put together an impressive .422 on-base percentage while the pitching staff had just a 3.00 earned run average for the weekend ... with the sweep, Texas State pulled into a tie with UT Arlington atop the conference standings ... the Bobcats will look to keep the momentum going with a Monday game at Rice, a Tuesday game at home against Prairie View A&M and a road series against Sacramento State over the weekend ... Colby Targun doubled Texas State’s home run total with two in as many days against Seattle … he brought the power hitting, slugging 1.182 for the weekend with a triple and two homers on five hits ... Taylor Black set the tone for the sweep of Seattle U on the mound with 7.1 innings pitched in a Friday night win.

UTSA (16-12, 2-4 WAC)
UTSA posted a 2-2 record last week ... the Roadrunners used a sixth-inning two-run single by Jesse Baker to defeat Baylor, 5-3, last Tuesday and lost two of three at home against San Jose State last weekend ... UTSA received an offensive boost with the return of center fielder Daniel Rockett ... the Birds hit .351 (52-for-148) last week and recorded 16 extra-base hits, including four home runs ... Rockett, who missed 12 consecutive games, homered on the second pitch in his first plate appearance back against the Bears last Tuesday ... he hit another round-tripper against San Jose State last Friday ... sophomore catcher John Bormann paced UTSA at the plate last week with a .538 batting average (7-for-13) with a double and two RBIs ... UTSA travels to play Seattle U in a three-game WAC series on Friday through Sunday.

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