Carlson Honored As MWC Player Of The Week
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/17/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 17, 2006

Junior designated hitter/first baseman Chris Carlson and right-handed TCU sophomore Sam Demel were named Mountain West Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. This is the second career weekly award for Carlson and the first for Demel.

Carlson, from Topeka, Kan., hit .611 (11-for-18) from the plate with six home runs, three doubles, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored as the Lobos went 3-1 last week, including a three-game sweep of Air Force. He hit at least one home run, and tallied multiple hits, RBI and runs scored, in all four games played last week. Carlson opened the week going 2-for-3, with two home runs two RBI and two runs scored in a 14-7 loss to Texas Tech. In game one vs. Air Force, Carlson went 3-for-4 with a grand slam, a double, five RBI and three runs scored in UNM's 23-11 win. In game two vs. the Falcons, he went 3-for-5 with two more homers, a double, three RBI and three runs scored, and finished the series going 3-for-6 with a home run, a double, four RBI and two runs scored.

Demel, a Spring, Texas, native, collected a win and a save in three relief appearances for the Horned Frogs last week. In 5.2 innings on the mound, he gave up no runs and one hit, while striking out six and walking two batters. Demel's first appearance on the week came vs. then-No. 16 Oklahoma, where he took the mound with a runner on third and nobody out and struck out the only batter he faced. In his next appearance in game two vs. UNLV, he came on in the top of the ninth to shut down the Rebels' rally and collect his second save of the season in TCU's 9-7 win. In the final game of the series vs. UNLV, Demel pitched the final 4.2 innings of the game, striking out five and giving up one hit in the Horned Frog's 3-2 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 and 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

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