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This Week in WAC Baseball - May 7
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WAC NOTES

NEW MEXICO STATE’S LECOUNT NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK
New Mexico State infielder Robert Lecount has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for April 29-May 5.

Lecount, a senior from Shoreline, Wash. (Shorewood HS), led the Aggies to a 3-0 series sweep over San Jose State. Lecount hit .556 (5-for-9) on the week while striking out just once and walking four times. He also hit three home runs, including two in the opening game of the series when he went 3-for-4 with six RBI and three runs scored. He finished the week with 10 RBI, a 1.556 slugging percentage and a .692 on-base percentage, while marking a 1.000 fielding percentage at third base. Lecount hit his third home run of the week in a 9-0 win on Saturday. In Sunday’s series finale against SJSU, Lecount picked up a two-RBI single in the seventh when the Aggies came from behind to win 8-5, securing the series sweep.

The other hitter of the week nominations:  CSU Bakersfield junior Cael Brockmeyer … Dallas Baptist senior Duncan McAlpine … Louisiana Tech senior Taylor Terrasas … Sacramento State senior Andrew Ayers … Seattle U junior Chase Fields … Texas State sophomore Garrett Mattlage.

CSU BAKERSFIELD’S MCKENZIE NAMED WAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
CSU Bakersfield left-hander Jeff McKenzie have been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for April 29-May 5.

McKenzie, a senior from El Dorado Hills, Calif. (San Joaquin Delta College), improved to 11-1 on the season as he recorded his fourth complete game shutout of the season to lead Bakersfield past Louisiana Tech 2-0 on Friday in Ruston. The 6-0 lefty scattered three hits as he struck out five while only walking one. McKenzie only faced four over the minimum and allowed only one runner to reach second base.

The other pitcher of the week nominations: Dallas Baptist sophomore Cy Sneed … New Mexico State senior Ryan Beck … Sacramento State sophomore Brennan Leitao … Seattle U junior Andrew Olson … Texas State junior Hunter Lemke … UT Arlington junior Brad Vachon.

WAC TO LIVE STREAM BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
The WAC has announced it will stream the 2013 WAC Baseball Tournament live from Grand Prairie, Texas.  Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WACsports.tv. The tournament will be held May 22-26 at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.  The top eight teams qualify for the tournament and will feature pool play with the top two teams advancing to play one title game on Sunday, May 26.  All teams will play three games in this format and each team will have a day off during one of the first four days.  Games will begin at 11:00 a.m. (CT), 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day with the championship game starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Every game of the tournament can be viewed for a single subscription price of $12.95. More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WACsports.tv.

DALLAS BAPTIST’S MCALPINE NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
CDallas Baptist catcher Duncan McAlpine has been voted to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District Baseball team. McAlpine was named to District seven’s first team and now advances to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. That team will be announced on May 23. McAlpine, a senior from North Richland Hills, Texas (Birdville HS), is currently hitting .321 at the plate with WAC-best 12 home runs. He has a team-best 43 RBI and holds a .635 slugging percentage. He has scored 33 runs and leads the Patriots with a .427 on base percentage. McAlpine’s 12 home runs ranks him ninth nationally in the category. McAlpine is studying kinesionolgy and holds a 3.80 grade-point average.

WAC TEAMS AND PLAYERS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
As of May 5, teams from the WAC rank in the top-10 in eight national team statistical categories and 12 individual categories. New Mexico State holds the highest team ranking as the Aggies rank second in the nation in walks with 275. Dallas Baptist ranks fifth nationally in home runs per game at 1.02 per game. Individually, CSU Bakersfield’s Jeff McKenzie ranks second in the nation with 11 wins on the mound this season. New Mexico State’s Robert Lecount ranks third nationally in both RBI (63) and RBI per game (1.31).

CSU BAKERSFIELD FEATURES THREE PLAYERS ON WATCH LISTS
Tyler Shryock (Jr., Tehachapi, Calif., Desert Christian HS) has been selected to the first Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas. Shyrock is the lone Western Athletic Conference representative and is 1-of-25 members of the first Brooks Wallace Award Watch List.  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. Dylan Christensen (Sr., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Saddleback College) has been selected as 1-of-25 finalists for the 2013 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. The Olerud Award, presented on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions, recognizes baseball players who excel both on the mound and in the field.

CSU BAKERSFIELD RECEIVING VOTES IN NATIONAL POLL
CSU Bakersfield is currently receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-30 poll.

WAC TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

CSU Bakersfield (31-18, 14-7 WAC)
CSU Bakersfield went 2-2 last week ... the team dropped a 7-4 decision at Fresno State before taking two of three games from Louisiana Tech in Ruston ... the Runners defeated LA Tech 2-0 in game one and 9-8 in game two ... CSUB dropped the series finale 9-4 ... Jeff McKenzie improved to 11-1 with 2-0 victory over LA Tech May 3 ... McKenzie adds to his school record for most victories in a season and he is second in Division I in the category ... Oscar Sanay reached base in 26 consecutive games before having that streak ended during the LA Tech series ... Cael Brockmeyer hit his team leading fourth home run to cap off a six-run CSUB rally that allowed the Roadrunners to defeat the Bullogs 9-8 May 4 ... Brockmeyer hit .438 for the week with one home run and four RBI’s ... Brockmeyer posted a .688 slugging percentage ... CSUB continues play this week at home against Seattle U in a three-game series.

Dallas Baptist (25-23, 11-10 WAC)
Dallas Baptist went 3-1 last week ... the Patriots defeated 10th-ranked Oklahoma 2-0 before taking two of three games against UT Arlington in a three-game series ... DBU dropped the series opener at UTA 6-1 before winning game two 9-3 and game three 5-2 ... Duncan McAlpine made the move over to third base this week and played flawless at the hot corner ... the senior hit another home run and slugged .714 over the four games and reached base at a .471 clip ... the home run put McAlpine just one of the DBU record for home runs in a career (45) ... Cy Sneed picked up a win Saturday over first-place UTA with seven innings of shutout baseball ... the sophomore walked 1 and struck out five in that time to even the conference series at one game apiece ... three freshmen combined to shutout #10 Oklahoma at home on Tuesday ... DBU plays at Texas State before hosting LA Tech in a three-game WAC series.

Louisiana Tech (16-32, 4-17 WAC)
LA Tech began the weekend with a tough 2-0 loss at the hands of CSU Bakersfield in a tight pitching matchup ... Bakersfield’s Jeff McKenzie threw a complete game shutout against the Bulldogs and held Tech to just three hits on the night ... in Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first four innings, but failed to hold on as the Roadrunners tacked on nine runs in the final five innings of the game to notch a come-from-behind victory and defeat Tech 9-8 ... Tech fought back Sunday in an effort to salvage the series and both pitchers took a scoreless ball game into the sixth inning before the Bulldogs exploded offensively to score nine runs in the sixth inning highlighted by a grand slam by Taylor Burch ... Tech closed out the series finale with a 9-4 win behind a complete game performance by Trevor Petersen, who pitched the second complete game of his four-year career to earn the victory.

New Mexico State (27-21, 12-9 WAC)
New Mexico State went a perfect 3-0 last week with a three-game sweep at home against San Jose State ... the Aggies downed the Spartans by scores of 17-1, 9-0 and 8-5 ... senior Bobby Lecount hit .556 (5-of-9) in three games against San Jose State this past weekend while striking out just once and walking four times ... Lecount also blasted three home runs on the weekend, including two in the opening game of the series when he went 3-of-4 with six RBI and three runs scored.  He finished the weekend with 10 RBI, a 1.556 slugging percentage and a .692 on-base percentage, while marking a 1.000 fielding percentage at third base ... senior Ryan Beck posted another stellar performance as he tallied his second consecutive complete game ... Beck threw a complete game shutout against San Jose State, Saturday as he worked 9.0 innings and struck out three batters while giving up just one walk.

Sacramento State (29-19, 12-9 WAC)
Sacramento State went 3-1 last week ... the Hornets opened the week with a 7-6 non-conference win at Nevada ... the team then took two of three games at conference foe Seattle U ... Sacramento State won the first two game in the series against SU by scores of 7-1 and 6-4 before dropping the series finale to the Redhawks, 10-7 ... freshman Chris Lewis went 8-for-16 during the week and now leads the team with a .348 batting average ... Lewis’ average in WAC play is .388 ... his 63 hits also set the Sacramento State Division I era record for freshman ... the mark had been held by Tim Wheeler who had 62 ... four of Andrew Ayers’ eight home runs this season have come in the last five games ... sophomore Rhys Hoskins did not play on Sunday due to an injury marking the first time this season that Hoskins has not played…the Hornets have eight shutouts on the year.

San Jose State (14-33, 8-13 WAC)
San Jose State went 0-4 last week ... the team opened the week with a 4-2 non-conference loss at San Francisco ... the team then dropped all three games of a three-game series at New Mexico State by scores of 17-1, 9-0 and 8-5 ... Matt Carroll led the Spartans at the plate last week, batting .563 with nine hits, two doubles, one RBI and one walk ... Andre Mercurio hit .412 with seven hits, one run scored, an RBI and a walk ... Jacob Valdez hit .333 with five hits, two runs, one double, two RBI and a walk ... Willy Reel pitched 6.1 innings on the week, allowing only two runs ... John OBerholtzer pitched 3.0 innings of one-hit baseball without allowing a run ... this week, San Jose State host nationally-ranked Cal Poly on Tuesday before traveling to Sacramento State for a three-game WAC series.

Seattle U (19-28, 8-12 WAC)
Seattle U went 2-3 over the past week, splitting a midweek series with #11 Oregon and winning one game over Sacramento State ... after dropping the first game of the week to the Ducks, 12-7, Seattle U returned to Bannerwood Park and picked up a 3-2 victory over Oregon Wednesday ... the bullpen of Andrew Olson, Ben Ruff, Will Dennis, and Eric Yardley combined for 6 2/3 innings of three-hit relief without giving up any runs, with Yardley pitching the final inning for his 10th save of the season ... Seattle U scored one run in the first inning of all three games against Sacramento State, but the Hornets came back in the first two ... two big innings Friday led to a 7-1 victory, and Saturday’s game was won by an eighth-inning home run from the Hornets, 6-4 ... Sunday, Seattle U pulled out to a seven-run lead and held on for the 10-7 win ... Landon Cray went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the Redhawks.

UT Arlington (25-23, 13-8 WAC)
UT Arlington remained just a game out of first place despite going 1-3 last week ... the Mavs dropped a midweek matchup to Baylor before going 1-2 against Dallas Baptist over the weekend ... Brad Vachon pitched masterfully in UT Arlington’s lone win of the series against Dallas Baptist in game 1 Friday night ... Vachon pitched 7 2/3 innings, striking out five and allowing just one earned run ... in the win, Vachon picked up his sixth win of the season, a team-high ... in a pivotal top of the third, Vachon pitched around back-to-back singles by DBU to begin the inning ... after the bases were loaded on just one of his three walks, Vachon snagged a hard hit grounder back at him to end the inning ... this week, UTA will play a pivotal series against state rival Texas State ... the Mavericks and Bobcats are tied for second at 13-8 in conference play. The Mavs were 1-2 against the Bobcats in 2012, a series also played at home.

Texas State (23-24, 13-8 WAC)
Texas State stayed one game out of first with two of three wins against UTSA this weekend ... the Bobcats pulled into a tie with UT Arlington for second place ... to get one of the wins TXST needed, the Bobcats went to 11 innings against UTSA with closer Hunter Lemke taking over the final four innings ... he struck out seven and retired 10 consecutive batters ... the Bobcats carried that momentum into Sunday to a dominating victory over the Roadrunners, 12-3, as the put 17 hits up on the board ... Austin O’Neal led the Bobcats at the plate during the week, hitting .500 with five hits, three runs, two doubles, four RBI and a walk ... Colby Targun hit .455 with five hites, three runs and four RBI ... this week, Texas State hosts Prairie View A&M then will travel to UT Arlington for a weekend series to break the tie.  

UTSA (25-22, 9-11 WAC)
UTSA posted a 1-3 record last week … the Roadrunners lost to Sam Houston State, 2-1, last Tuesday … three days later, the Birds topped Texas State in the series opener, but dropped the final two games of the set … Horacio Correa III’s 16-game hitting streak came to an end last Friday … in the series with the Bobcats, Daniel Rockett led UTSA with a .500 batting average (7-for-14) with a double and six RBIs … Brock Hartson led the Roadrunners to a series-opening win against Texas State … the right-hander allowed just one run over seven innings and improved to 6-4 on the season ... this week, UTSA hosts New Mexico State for a three-game WAC series, Friday through Sunday.
Baseball
WAC
Overall
Sacramento State
10-2
22-14
Grand Canyon
8-4
19-16
Seattle U
6-3
16-15
North Dakota
6-3
6-16
Bakersfield
7-5
14-20
Utah Valley
7-5
14-20
New Mexico State
5-4
13-19
Texas-Pan American
5-7
15-23
Chicago State
0-9
10-23
Northern Colorado
0-12
5-31
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