May 17, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Univeristy of New Mexico senior Justin Howard has been named Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Week as announced by the conference office. Howard had a phenomenal weekend going 12-for-14 (.857) with four doubles, two stolen bases and 11 RBIs. Howard also scored six runs in the series. In Saturday's 19-2 victory, Howard collected his 100th hit of the season and became the first player in Division I baseball to reach the 100-hit mark this season.
"It's a great honor," said Howard. "It's good to get respect from the conference. I was a little sick this weekend and I just let me training take over. I went out and focused on the game and just tried to put our team a position to win the game."
In Sunday's 16-5 win over the Hornets, Howard went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and moved into second place all-time at UNM for hits in a single season with 107 off a double in the seventh inning. The Ennis, Texas native added hit No. 108 off a single to the pitcher to get closer to the all-time mark of 125 set by Keith Hagman in 1980. Defensively, Howard was perfect in the field and recorded 36 putouts and one assist.
Howard shares this week's award with Utah's C.J. Cron.
The Lobos travel to Utah on Thursday-Saturday, May 20-22 to take on the Utes at Spring Mobile Ballpark. All three games will be broadcast on 101.7 FM The TEAM. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.