Barba Named Mountain West Player Of The Week
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/24/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 24, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico senior shortstop Ryan Barba and UNLV senior right hander Jabe Beard have been named Mountain West Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. This is the first career weekly award for both recipients.

Barba, from Van Nuys, Calif., went 8-for-15 (.533) from the plate with a home run, a triple, two doubles, six RBI and eight runs scored in four games last week, as New Mexico tallied a 4-0 record, including a three-game conference sweep of Utah. He started the week going 2-for-5, with two RBI and two runs scored in a 13-3 win over Arizona. In game one vs. Utah, Barba went 1-for-3, as the Lobos defeated Utah, 8-5. In game two, he was 3-for-3 with three RBI and four runs scored, falling just a double shy of hitting for the cycle, in UNM's 17-8 victory. In game three, he went 2-for-4, with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in New Mexico's 9-8 win. Barba also collected five putouts and 14 assists with no errors from the shortstop position.

Beard, a Henderson, Nev., native, came on in relief and earned his second win of the season in UNLV's 6-5, 12-inning victory in game one of the Rebels series vs. San Diego State last Friday. He came on in the ninth inning, with the score tied at five apiece, and threw 4.0 scoreless innings, retiring 11 of the 13 batters he faced and striking out a season-high six, while walking none.

Mountain West Conference Players of the Week
Feb. 6 - Paul Smyth, Sr., OF-IF, San Diego State
Feb. 13 - Matt McGuirk, So., DH, TCU
Feb. 20 - Matt Foote, Jr., OF, New Mexico
Feb. 27 - Zach Borba, Jr., OF, UNLV
Mar. 6 - Daniel Stovall, Jr., 1B/DH, New Mexico & Keith Smith, Jr., IF, UNLV
Mar. 13 - Mike Cruz, Sr., IF, UNLV
Mar. 20 - Chris Bonnell, Jr., IF, UNLV
Mar. 27 - Ryan Khoury, Sr., IF, Utah
Apr. 3 - Paul Smyth, OF-IF, San Diego State
Apr. 10 - Jeff Hiestand, Sr., IF, BYU
Apr. 17 - Chris Carlson, Jr., DH, New Mexico
Apr. 24 - Ryan Barba, Sr., SS, New Mexico

Mountain West Conference Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 6 - Mitch Brown, Jr., RHP, Air Force
Feb. 13 - Jake Arrieta, So., RHP, TCU
Feb. 20 - Brad Furnish, Jr., LHP, TCU
Feb. 27 - Danny Ray Herrera, Jr., LHP, New Mexico
Mar. 6 - Justin Masterson, Jr., RHP, San Diego State
Mar. 13 - Danny Ray Herrera, Jr., LHP, New Mexico Mar. 20 - Jesse Craig, Jr., RHP, BYU
Mar. 27 - Jake Petro, Fr., RHP, Air Force
Apr. 3 - Mike Koons, So. RHP, San Diego State
Apr. 10 - Jordan Muir, Fr., RHP, BYU
Apr. 17 - Sam Demel, So., RHP, TCU
Apr. 24 - Jabe Beard, Sr., RHP, UNLV