March 28, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico freshman first baseman D.J. Peterson and junior right-hander Gera Sanchez have been named Mountain West Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. This is the first career weekly honor for both Peterson and Sanchez.
Peterson batted .579 (11-for-19) with 10 RBI, eight runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and two walks as New Mexico posted a perfect 5-0 record with series sweeps of Binghamton and MWC opponent UNLV last week. The Gilbert, Ariz., product had at least one hit in all five games, including four with multiple hits, and three multi-RBI games during that span. In two games against Binghamton, Peterson went 6-for-8 (.750) with six RBI, four runs scored, three doubles and one home run. He followed that performance with a 5-for-11 (.455) effort at the plate in a three-game sweep of UNLV, scoring four runs while driving in four more. Peterson hit one double and one home run off the Rebel pitching staff while also collecting two walks. For the week, he posted on-base and slugging percentages of .636 and 1.105, respectively. Defensively, Peterson tallied 46 putouts and five assists from his position at first base.
Sanchez collected four saves in four appearances and helped New Mexico to series sweeps of Binghamton and UNLV last week. The junior righthander tossed 5.1 scoreless innings of relief, surrendering no walks and only one hit while striking out six batters. Each of the four games
Sanchez pitched in was decided by two or fewer runs. The Las Cruces, N.M., native worked the final inning of a 5-4 victory over Binghamton on Tuesday, then had a hand in each of the Lobos' three victories against UNLV, registering 4.1 innings pitched and five strikeouts as New Mexico recorded its first three-game series sweep of the season.
The Lobos are currently riding a six-game winning streak as they travel to Tucson, Airz., for a two-game series against the Wildcats, beginning at 5:00 p.m. March 29.