March 13, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico junior left hander Danny Ray Herrera was named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season while UNLV senior infielder Mike Cruz earned Player of the Week honors for the first time this season. Herrera, picking up his third career honor, is the only player or pitcher to garner a weekly honor from the MWC twice this season.
Herrera, from Odessa, Texas, improved to 5-0 on the season with his win over No. 12 Oregon State last weekend. In 8.0 innings on the mound, he gave up two earned runs on 11 hits, while striking out a career-high tying nine batters. Five of Herrera's nine strikeouts came in the first two innings, while he scattered only four hits over his last five innings, including one in the last three innings.
Cruz, a Reno, Nev., native, hit .467 (7-for-15) last week, helping the Rebels to a 3-2 record, including taking two-of-three from California. On the week, he hit a home run and a double, while driving in seven RBI and scoring seven runs. In UNLV's 16-11 win over Texas Tech, Cruz went 3-for-4, with a three-run home run and RBI single, for a total of four RBI and three runs scored vs. the Red Raiders. In game one vs. Cal, he went 1-for-2, followed by a 2-for-2, three RBI performance in the Rebels' 9-6 game two victory. He concluded the series vs. the Bears with a 1-for-3, one run scored effort in UNLV's 5-4 victory.
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
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