DENVER – New Mexico State second baseman Paker Hipp and Louisiana Tech pitcher Ben Carlisle have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for February 28-March 6.
Hipp, a sophomore from San Diego, Calif. (Cathedral Catholic HS), helped the Aggies to a 2-2 record last week with wins over Cal State Northridge and San Francisco. Hipp batted .571 (8-of-14) and struck out only once in four games during the YMBL/Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas. Hipp tallied a double, a grand slam and nine RBI to go along with three walks and two runs scored. Defensively, he came up with 13 assists, seven putouts and committed only one error. Against Cal State Northridge, Hipp hit a game-winning single with bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory for the Aggies.
Carlisle, a freshman from Shreveport, La. (C.E. Byrd), made two appearances for the Bulldogs last week. In 5.0 innings of work, Carlisle recorded seven strikeouts without giving up a run or a walk against 18 batters faced. He picked up the win against Middle Tennessee State after entering the game with the score tied 2-2 with two runners and just one out in the seventh inning. Carlisle used just five pitches to record the final two outs, ending the scoring threat and picking up a strikeout. In the eighth inning against MTSU, he retired the side in order, striking out one and using just six pitches. The win against MTSU was the first of his career.
The other hitter of the week nominations: Fresno State senior Danny Muno … Hawai‘i senior Sean Montplaisir … Nevada senior Brian Barnett.
The other pitcher of the week nominations: Fresno State junior Charlie Robertson … New Mexico State junior Trey Ross.