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This Week in WAC Baseball - April 17
Courtesy: UTSA

Texas State first baseman Austin O’Neal was named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for April 8-14.

O’Neal, a junior from Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (Tesoro HS/Santa Ana), led the Bobcats to a 3-1 record last week that included a three-game conference sweep over Louisiana Tech. O’Neal hit .667 (6-for-9). He tallied two home runs, one double, seven RBI and scored four runs. O’Neal’s home run on Sunday helped Texas State complete a comeback from a 5-1 deficit. The three-run homer put the Bobcats up 8-5 to help secure a 13-6 win over Louisiana Tech. O’Neal’s home run on Saturday helped stretch a 7-5 lead into an out-of-reach 9-5 victory. O’Neal led the team with his seven RBI on the week and slugged 1.444 with a .667 on-base percentage.

The other hitter of the week nominations:  CSU Bakersfield sophomore centerfielder Jordie Hein … Dallas Baptist senior outfielder Ronnie Mitchell … New Mexico State junior catcher Tanner Rust … Sacramento State freshman designated hitter Chris Lewis … Seattle U senior shortstop Nate Roberts … UT Arlington junior catcher Greg McCall.

Texas State right-hander Taylor Black was been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for April 8-14.

Black, a sophomore from Allen, Texas (Allen HS), pitched 7.2 scoreless innings with six strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday. Black gave up only four hits and went on a stretch from the end of the second inning into the seventh in which he retired 14 of the 17 batters he faced. He did not give up a single extra base hit in his appearance.  

The other pitcher of the week nominations: CSU Bakersfield junior Taylor Aikenhead … Dallas Baptist senior Michael Smith … New Mexico State senior Adam Mott … Seattle U sophomore Garrett Anderson.

As of April 14, Dallas Baptist leads the nation with 42 home runs. DBU’s Duncan McAlpine is responsible for a team-leading 12, which ranks him 12th nationally in the category. New Mexico State follows closely behind with 36 home runs, ranking the Aggies fourth in the nation. Robert Lecount leads the Aggies with eight home runs, which ranks him 25th nationally. Dallas Baptist also leads the nation in home runs per game at 1.17 per contest.

CSU Bakersfield is currently receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-30 poll and the USA Today Coaches’ Top-25 Poll.

Roadrunner ace Jeff McKenzie was selected to the inital watch list for the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports and presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions Apr. 13. McKenzie, who is the lone WAC representative on the list which features 41 players from across the country. The award will be given on June 29.

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. Tickets can be purchased at


CSU Bakersfield (24-13, 9-3 WAC)
Jordie Hein hit. 500 with six runs scored as CSU Bakersfield went 3-2 last week ... Hein posted six of his seven hits in 10 at-bats as CSUB swept UTSA Apr. 12-14 ... for the week, Hein posted a ,643 slugging and .632 on-base percentage ... both of those numbers went up against UTSA as Hein recorded a .700 slugging and .667 on-base percentage in the UTSA games ... Hein did not record an error (12-1) in 13 chances in centerfield ... Taylor Aikenhead recorded a win and a save against UTSA last weekend ... Aikenhead picked up his third save of the season, going the final 2/3 of an inning in the 6-3 victory against UTSA ... Aikenhead retired all four batters he faced in 1.1 innings of work against the Roadrunners Apr. 13 ... Aikenhead earned the victory as CSUB swept UTSA Sunday ... Tyler Shryock reached base in 27 consecutive games before having that streak ended Apr. 14 against UTSA.

Dallas Baptist (20-17, 7-5 WAC)
Dallas Baptist went 3-1 last week with a non-conference win over Texas Tech and two wins in a three-game series at home against Seattle U ... Ronnie Mitchell batted .474 to lead the Patriots to the three wins last week ... Mitchell belted a home run and drove in four runs in the four games and slugged .789 for the week … Michael Smith played an integral part of all three Patriot wins this week, picking up a save in two of the contests and a win in the other … the senior struck out eight in five innings of work and walked only one ... Dallas Baptist dropped an 8-3 decision on Tuesday to Stephen F. Austin at home ... the Patriots will continue play this week Fri.-Sun. with a three-game conference series against co-league-leader CSU Bakersfield in California.

Louisiana Tech (13-24, 2-10 WAC)
Louisiana Tech went 0-3 last week, dropping each game of a three-game series at Texas State by scores of 0-1, 5-9 and 6-13 ... Taylor Burch led the Bulldogs at the plate over the three games, batting .333 with three hits, one run scored and one double ... Taylor Terrasas hit .300 with three hits, two runs, one double and four walks ... Kody Neel also hit .300 with three hits, an RBI and a walk ... Tyler Quals led the team with three RBI on the week and a home run ... Phil Maton was impressive on the mound, pitching 6.2 innings while giving up only one run ... Maton also tallied four strikeouts and only walked one ... Louisiana Tech opened this new week with a 3-1 road win at Northwestern State ... the Bulldogs continue play this week at home with a three-game conference series against New Mexico State.

New Mexico State (19-17, 5-7 WAC)
New Mexico State went 1-2 last week in a three-game series at home against Sacramento State … the Aggies won game one 5-4 before dropping the next two contests by scores of 16-4 and 6-4 … junior Tanner Rust tallied a .462 batting average against Sacramento State, although the Aggies dropped 2-of-3 games to the Hornets … Rust posted two doubles and a home run to go along with three singles and a walk … he finished the weekend with a .846 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage while marking a hit in each game … senior Adam Mott tied his season-high of eight strikeouts in a 5-4 win over Sacramento State … Mott faced 29 batters allowing only one walk and three runs in 8.0 innings of work … he currently has the lowest ERA of all Aggie starters and has the most strikeouts (57)  ... NMSU hosts New Mexico on Wednesday before playing three games at LA Tech.

Sacramento State (21-15, 7-5 WAC)
Sacramento State captured its first series victory at New Mexico State since 2007 ... the Hornets dropped game one 5-4 before winning the final two games by scores of 16-4 and 6-4 ... the team will make its third trip to state of Texas this week when it plays at UTSA ... the Hornets hit .351 as a team last week with four starters hitting .400 or better ... Rhys Hoskins, who led the team in home runs a year ago, hit his second of the season over the weekend…freshman Sutter McLoughlin recorded his ninth save of the year which leads all freshmen in Div. I ... McLoughlin is now just one off the school single season Div. I record and two away from tying the overall single-season mark.

San Jose State (11-25, 5-7 WAC)
San Jose State went 0-4 last week ... the Spartans dropped a non-conference mid-week game to Stanford by a score of 10-8 ... the team then dropped all three games of a three-game conference series at UT Arlington by scored of 8-7, 9-4 and 9-7 ... Nick Schulz led the team at the plate over the four games, batting .500 with six hits, three runs, one double, three RBI and a walk ... Ricky Acosta hit .375 with six hits, a triple and a team-best six RBI on the week ... Michael Gerlach also hit .375, adding a run, one double, two RBI and a pair of walks ... John Oberholtzer was impressive in his three appearances on the week, pitching 4.0 innings, giving up only two hits and no runs while striking out one ... the Spartans host Texas State in a three-game conference series this week.

Seattle U (13-22, 3-8 WAC)
Seattle University went 2-2 during the most recent week, starting with a 5-2 victory over British Columbia that snapped a seven-game losing streak ... a three-run seventh inning made the difference for Seattle U, starting with a solo home run from Brian Olson ... SU traveled to Texas for the second time this season, this time facing Dallas Baptist in a three-game series ... Seattle U fell behind in the first game Thursday, 7-0, before scoring four unanswered runs to close the gap, but DBU would hold on for an 8-4 win ... Friday’s game was the reverse, as Seattle U scored early, going ahead 6-0 on its way to a 7-2 win ... Saturday, the Redhawks battled back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game at 4-4, but the Patriots scored five runs in the eighth inning to win the series 9-4 ... Seattle U returned home to defeat Washington 10-4 on Tuesday ... SU hosts UT Arlington in a three-game WAC series starting Friday.

UT Arlington (20-16, 9-3 WAC)
UT Arlington ended the week winning four in a row after dropping a 14-4 decision at Baylor on Tuesday ... the Mavericks defeated Arlington Baptist at QuikTrip Park on Thursday before a three-game sweep of San Jose State ... Greg McCall continued on his torrid pace this week in five UTA games ... the junior finished with at least a hit in four of UTA’s five games, including tying his career high with three hits – one triple - against Arlington Baptist on Thursday ... McCall knocked in six RBI for the Mavericks to help UTA win four in a row ... he knocked his third home run of the season against San Jose State on April 13 ... McCall also crossed the plate five times during the week ... UTA dropped an 11-4 decision at home to TCU on Tuesday in the team’s second of three meetings this season ... the Mavs hit the road to begin a four-game road trip starting with a Western Athletic Conference series at Seattle.

Texas State (16-20, 8-4 WAC)
Texas State continued to fight for a spot atop the Western Athletic Conference ... the Bobcats improved to 8-4 in conference play with a three-game sweep of Louisiana Tech, 1-0, 9-5, 13-6 ... Texas State won the pitcher’s duel to open up the series, 1-0, behind the work of Taylor Black and Hunter Lemke ... behind Scott Grist’s pitching and Austin O’Neal’s two-run homer, Texas State won game two, and the Bobcats came back from a 5-1 deficit to win Sunday’s game ... O’Neal hit another home run, this one for three runs, and he finished the weekend hitting .667 ... senior stalwart Morgan Mickan hit his first career home run on a .429 weekend, and Stumph hit .455. As a team, the Bobcats hit .356 in the series with three home runs and 11 extra base hits ... Texas State has now won four straight games after defeating Baylor 3-0 on Tuesday ... the team continues play at San Jose State this week for a three-game league series.

UTSA (19-16, 4-7 WAC)
UTSA posted a 1-3 record last week ... the Roadrunners defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 12-5, last Tuesday, but were swept in a three-game series at CSU Bakersfield last weekend ... in the series with CSUB, UTSA was outscored 22-9 and limited to a .212 batting average ... meanwhile, junior outfielder John Welborn extended his hitting streak to 13 games ... junior infielder RJ Perucki also has reached base in 27 consecutive games ... Perucki batted .400 (4-for-10) last weekend with his ninth home run of the season and two RBIs ... following the week, UTSA saw its team batting average drop to .319 ... the Roadrunners will travel to Lamar for a non-conference game on Wednesday and will host Sacramento State this weekend in a league series.
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