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This Week in WAC Baseball - May 14
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CSU Bakersfield second baseman Oscar Sanay has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter for May 6-12.

Sanay, a junior from Chula Vista, Calif. (Bonita Vista HS), led the Roadrunners to a 3-0 series sweep over Seattle U. Sanay hit .500 (6-for-12) on the week with six runs, five RBI, one walk and one stolen base. He opened the series by going 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored against the Redhawks. In the middle game of the set, Sanay was 2-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Sanay concluded the series by going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, a walk and a sacrifice bunt.

The other hitter of the week nominations: Dallas Baptist freshman Austin Listi … New Mexico State freshman Kent Blackstone … Sacramento State freshman Chris Lewis … Seattle U junior Ryan Somers … UT Arlington junior Greg McCall … UTSA senior Rodney Garza.

Dallas Baptist right-hander Cody Beam has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for May 6-12.

Beam, a sophomore from Coon Rapids, Minn. (Coon Rapids HS), threw eight innings of shutout baseball in the final game of the series against Louisiana Tech last week. Beam did not walk a batter and recorded six strikeouts. He only allowed three hits in his 1-0 shutout win.

The other pitcher of the week nominations: CSU Bakersfield senior Jeff McKenzie … Louisiana Tech sophomore Phil Maton … New Mexico State senior Evan Mott … Sacramento State sophomore Brennan Leitao … Seattle U junior Ben Ruff … UTSA junior Matt Sims.

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.

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.

As of May 12, teams from the WAC rank in the top-10 in five national team statistical categories and seven individual categories. New Mexico State holds the highest team ranking as the Aggies rank fourth in the nation in both walks (287) and strikeouts per nine innings (8.7). Individually, CSU Bakersfield’s Jeff McKenzie ranks second nationally in wins with 12.

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 is currently receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-30 poll.


CSU Bakersfield (34-18, 17-7 WAC)
Bakersfield recorded its second WAC series sweep of the year May 10-12 against Seattle U ... the Roadrunners reset the school record for most wins in a season with its 34th when CSUB defeated the Redhawks 9-7 ... Bakersfield senior leftfielder Kevin Younger played in his 200th career game and made his 186th career start May 12 against Seattle ... both are school records, to put it contest, the Roadrunner program has only played 268 games in its 4+ year history ... Younger and CSUB pitcher Jonathan Montoya are only 2-of-4 players to earn four varsity letters at Bakersfield ... Oscar Sanay hit .500 in CSUB’s sweep over Seattle U ... Sanay was named the WAC’s Hitter of the Week after recording six runs, five RBi and six hits ... Jeff McKenzie recorded his fifth complete game of the season ... McKenzie struck out eight, walking only one batter ... the lone run, McKenzie gave up was unearned.

Dallas Baptist (26-26, 12-12 WAC)
Dallas Baptist went 1-3 last week ... the team dropped a 7-2 non-conference game at Texas Tech to open the week ... the Patriots then went 1-2 at Louisiana Tech, dropping the first two games by scores of 4-1 and 5-2 ... Dallas Baptist won the series finale at Tech, 5-0 ... Cody Beam threw eight innings of shutout baseball in the final game at LA Tech ... Beam earned WAC Pitcher of the Week honors for his performance ... Austin Listi led the Patriots at the plate, hitting .429 with three runs, three doubles and an RBI ... Listi slugged .786 on the week and reached base at a .500 clip while stealing two bases on the weekend ... Dallas Baptist closes out regular season play this week with a Tuesday non-conference matchup at Oklahoma before playing a three-game WAC series at Texas State.

Louisiana Tech (18-34, 6-18 WAC)
LA Tech began the weekend with a sweep of Saturday’s double header versus Dallas Baptist after a weather delay forced Friday night’s game to be postponed ... behind a gem of a pitching performance by Phil Maton, Tech took the first game of the series 4-1 and brought that momentum into the second game of the day ... in game two, the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the fifth, but the Patriots fought back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 2-2 ... the game remained tied until the top of the ninth when Taylor Terrasas hits a double down the left field line to score what would be the eventual game-winning run and make it 3-2 ... the Bulldogs added two more runs one batter later when Tyler Ervine singled to score two runs and seal a 5-2 victory and series win for Tech on the road .. DBU defeated Tech in Sunday’s finale 5-0, but the series victory marks the first of the season for the Bulldogs.

New Mexico State (27-24, 12-12 WAC)
New Mexico State went 0-3 in a three-game series at UTSA last week ... the Aggies dropped the three games by scores of 9-4, 6-5 and 6-4 ... Kent Blackstone led the Aggies at the plate over the three games, hitting .375 with three hits, two runs and a walk ... Parker Hipp hit .333 with four hits, two runs, two walks, a double and an RBI ... Tanner Rust hit .308 with four hits, one run and three RBI ... Michael Medina batted .300 with three hits, three runs, one double, one triple, two RBI and three walks ... Evan Mott pitched 3.1 innings in a pair of appearnces ... Mott gave up only one hit and did not allow a run ... he also had six strikeouts and only walked two ... this week, New Mexico State wraps up regular season play with a three-game conference series at Seattle U, Thursday through Saturday.

Sacramento State (32-20, 14-10 WAC)
Sacramento State went 3-1 last week ... the team defeated UC Davis 4-3 to open the week .. the team then twook two of three games in a three-game series against San Jose State ... Sacramento State’s win on Sunday over SJSU gave the team 32 wins on the season which eclipsed last season’s total of 31 ... junior Tanner Mendonca tied his season best by lasting eight innings and allowing only two runs and five hits on Sunday against San Jose State ... senior relivier Brandon Creel earned two victories during the week and is tied with Brennan Leitao with a team high eight wins ... Leitao is 7-1 with a 1.55 ERA in eight WAC starts ... Sacramento State will play at Pacific on Tuesday before wrapping up regular season play at home against UT Arlington in a three-game series.

San Jose State (15-36, 9-15 WAC)
San Jose State went 1-3 last week ... the team opened the week with a 5-2 setback against No. 22 Cal Poly ... the team then dropped two of three games at Sacramento State ... SJSU dropped the first game of the series at Sacramento State, 4-1 ... the Spartans then rallied to win game two, 8-6 before falling in the series finale 3-2 ... Jacob Valdez led the Spartans at the plate, hitting .500 with eight hits, four runs scored, one double, one triple, three RBI and a walk ... Michael Gerlach hit .313 with five hits, three runs, one double and a walk ... D.J. Slaton pitched 8.0 innings while giving up only three runs and a walk in his outing ... San Jose State wraps up regular season play this week ... the Spartans play at San Francisco on Tuesday before hosting CSU Bakersfield in a three-game series ... SJSU looks to hold on to its half game lead over Seattle U for the final spot in next week’s WAC Tournament.

Seattle U (19-32, 8-15 WAC)
Seattle U could not break through in the win column over the past week, first losing to Washington last Tuesday, 7-2, before being swept by WAC-leading CSU Bakersfield over the weekend ... the big inning was a constant theme throughout the week, starting with the Huskies scoring six runs in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game to break open a close contest ... Friday, CSUB scored eight runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth inning on its way to a 13-1 seven-inning contest, the first time the Redhawks were on the losing end of a run-rule conference game ... Ryan Somers led the Redhawks at the plate this past week, batting .500 with eight hits, two doubles, three RBI, one run and a walk ... Seattle U is a half-game behind San Jose State for the final spot in the WAC Tournament heading into the final series, a home set against New Mexico State.

UT Arlington (27-24, 15-9 WAC)
UT Arlington wraps up its 2013 season with four games on the road this week ... UTA, having already clinched a spot in the Western Athletic Conference tournament at QuikTrip Park next week, attempts to avoid the season sweep when it plays metroplex rival TCU from the Big 12 on Tuesday ... the Mavs then conclude play with a three-game series beginning on Thursday at Sacramento State ... UT Arlington is coming off a weekend in which it went 2-1 against in-state rival Texas State ... Greg McCall helped break a 5-5 game in the 14th inning with a game-winning single to left ... McCall finished the weekend hitting 5-12 (.417) with four runs, three RBI and three doubles ... McCall had a at least a hit in all three games for UT Arlington last week ... the junior had a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored in each of the Mavericks wins, including the game winning run on Saturday in the 14th inning.

Texas State (25-26, 14-10 WAC)
Texas State went 2-2 lat week ... the Bobcats opened the week with a 13-7 victory at home over Prairie View A&M in a non-conference contest ... the Bobcats then won the first game of a three-game set at UT Arlington, 7-2 ... Texas State then dropped the final two games of the series by scores of 6-5 and 10-2 ... Cody Lovejoy led the Bobcats at the plate, batting .474 with nine hits, two runs, one double, three RBI, two walks and one hit by pitch ... Garrett Mattlage hit .353 with six hits, three runs, one double, one triple, one RBI, four walks and one hit by pitch ... Nick Smelser hit .300 with six hits, two runs, two doubles, three RBI and a walk ... Texas State wraps up regular season play this week with a three-game series against Dallas Baptist in San Marcos.

UTSA (28-22, 12-11 WAC)
UTSA posted a 3-0 record last week ... the Roadrunners swept New Mexico State last weekend, which clinched them a spot in the WAC Tournament ... UTSA’s pitching staff limited a potent Aggies offense to a .218 batting average and only 13 runs in the series ... the Roadrunners scored 14 of their 21 runs with two outs ... Rodney Garza paced the Birds at the plate in the series with a .500 batting average (5-for-10), which included two doubles and five RBIs ... RJ Perucki hit his team-leading 10th home run of the season on Sunday ... John Bormann continues to be one of the top defensive catchers in the nation ... Bormann threw out two of three Aggies attempting to steal second base last weekend ... he also picked off his nation-leading 14th runner last Saturday.

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