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WAC Baseball Players of the Week Announced
Courtesy: WAC
DENVER – New Mexico State catcher Tanner Rust and Seattle U left-hander Andrew Olson have been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 15-21.

Rust, a junior from Lakeside, Calif. (El Capitan HS), led the Aggies to a 4-1 record last week that included a four-game sweep over WAC foe Louisiana Tech on the road. Rust hit .632 (12-for-19). He tallied two home runs, three doubles, eight RBI, a triple and scored eight runs. He slugged 1.211 and had an on-base percentage of .652 on the week. Rust now has a WAC-high 63 hits on the year and a WAC-high 46 runs scored this season. Rust started the week by going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI against in-state rival New Mexico. Rust opened the WAC series at Louisiana Tech going 3-for-4 with two runs, three RBI, a walk and a double as the Aggies won 10-4. He went 1-for-1 in a 6-4 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday but also marked a run and two RBI. The Aggies swept the league series with LA Tech as they won 5-1 with Rust going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. He finished the week going 2-for-4 with a run in a non-conference game on Sunday as the Aggies defeated LA Tech 4-1. Rust is currently on an eight-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 17 straight games. Rust did not commit a single error as the Aggie catcher last week.

Olson, a junior from Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS/Tacoma CC), earned two of Seattle’s three victories over the past week. At Washington on Tuesday, Olson came into the game in relief in the fifth inning with two runs already in, two runners on base and just one out. Olson forced a popout and a groundout to end the Husky threat and keep the Redhawks in the lead. He would finish with two innings on the mound, allowing just two hits as Seattle U pulled away with the 10-4 victory. On Sunday, Olson made the start on the mound against UT Arlington, scattering four hits and one walk as he pitched a complete game shutout in Seattle U’s 5-0 win. He tied his season high with eight strikeouts and retired 14 straight Maverick hitters after allowing a leadoff bunt single in the first inning. It was the first complete game shutout by a Seattle U pitcher since the baseball program returned to varsity competition in 2010. Overall on the week, Olson pitched 11 innings without giving up a single run. He walked just one batter and compiled two wins and nine strikeouts.

The other hitter of the week nominations: CSU Bakersfield junior second baseman Oscar Sanay ... Dallas Baptist junior first baseman Chane Lynch ... Sacramento State freshman outfielder Nathan Lukes ... Seattle U sophomore catcher Brian Olson ... UTSA junior outfielder Riley Good ... Texas State sophomore outfielder Cody Lovejoy.

The other pitcher of the week nominations: New Mexico State senior Adam Mott ... Sacramento State sophomore Brennan Leitao ... Texas State senior Mitchell Pitts.

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