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Verizon WAC Baseball Players of the Week Announced
Courtesy: WAC
DENVER – New Mexico State second baseman Tyler Forney and Louisiana Tech pitcher Mike Jefferson have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 11-17.

Forney, a junior from Gilbert, Ariz. (Yavapai College), helped the Aggies to a 3-1 record last week against San Jose State. Forney hit .600 (9-for-15) during the four-game series and struck out only once against a San Jose State pitching staff that has the most strikeouts in the WAC. Forney was perfect at the plate in the final game of the series, going 4-for-4 with three RBI, no strikeouts and two runs scored. Overall on the week, Forney tallied six runs, five RBI, one double and a walk. He registered a .957 fielding percentage.

Jefferson, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio (Clermont Northeastern HS), earned his fourth win of the year on Sunday against Hawai‘i. Jefferson tossed 8.0 innings without giving up a run to earn a 3-0 victory against the Rainbow Warriors. The 8.0 innings of work marked a season-long outing and was the second longest outing of Jefferson’s career. His six strikeouts against UH was one shy of his season high. Jefferson has now been part of three-straight shutouts as a starting pitcher, including two straight shutouts against New Mexico State and Hawai‘i. As a starter, Jefferson has not allowed a run in his last 19.1 innings of work while holding opponents to a .176 batting average during that stretch.

The other hitter of the week nominations: Fresno State freshman Aaron Judge … Sacramento State sophomore Blake Miller.

The other pitcher of the week nominations: Fresno State junior Josh Poytress … New Mexico State sophomore Riley Bevill.
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