April 23, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico infielder/outfielder Ben Woodchick has earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week honors for games played from April 16-22, 2012. It is the first honor of his career.
Woodchick, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, hit .500 (10 of 20) for the week as the Lobos went 5-0, including two mid-week road wins at Texas Tech and a weekend series sweep over Florida Gulf Coast. Against the Red Raiders, Woodchick went 3-for-7, with two runs scored, three RBI and two walks. During the weekend series sweep of FGCU, Woodchick collected seven hits in 13 at-bats with a run scored, four RBI, a walk and two stolen bases. For the week, Woodchick hit safely in all five games, including a current four-game streak of multiple hits, and recorded a .565 on-base-percentage. Woodchick also did not commit an error during the five games as he had five put-outs and one assist from the outfield.
"I've lined out a lot (this season), and coach is always giving me a hard time about it," Woodchick said. "But now they're starting to fall."
"It was a great job by Woodchick (this week)," Birmingham said. "He did a good job swinging the bat and doing things the right way."
Woodchick's stellar week has raised his average to a season-high .311 and he is enjoying his best season as a Lobo. He has already established new career-highs in triples (3), RBI (18) and stolen bases (8), and has a chance to set new marks in at bats, hits, runs, doubles, total bases, on-base percentage, walks, and assists before the season ends.
This is the 10th time this season a Lobo has won either the Mountain West Player or Pitcher of the Week award. This is a new UNM record, besting the mark of nine such awards during the 2000 season. Lobo hitters have been especially dominant, winning the award in seven of 10 weeks. A Lobo has won the award in each of the past three weeks and six out of the past seven.
2012 Mountain West Baseball Players of the Week
Feb. 20 - Garrett Custons, Jr., C/OF, Air Force
Feb. 28 - Josh Melendez, Jr., OF, New Mexico
March 5 - Matt Muñoz, Fr., 2B, San Diego State
March 12 - D.J. Peterson, So., 3B/1B, New Mexico
March 19 - D.J. Peterson, So., 3B/1B, New Mexico
March 26 - Mitchell Garver, Jr., C/OF, New Mexico
April 3 - Trevor Kirk, Sr., OF, UNLV
April 9 - D.J. Peterson, So., 3B/1B, New Mexico; Chris Wilson, Sr., OF/C, San Diego State
April 16 - Mitchell Garver, Jr., C/OF, New Mexico
April 23 - Ben Woodchick, Sr., OF, New Mexico
2012 Mountain West Baseball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 20 - Preston Morrison, Fr., RHP, TCU
Feb. 28 - Andrew Mitchell, So., RHP, TCU
March 5 - Stefan Crichton, So., RHP, TCU
March 12 - Gera Sanchez, Sr., RHP, New Mexico
March 19 - Austin House, Jr., RHP, New Mexico
March 26 - No nominations
April 3 - Erick Fedde, Fr., RHP, UNLV
April 9 - Austin House, Jr., RHP, New Mexico; Evan Abrecht, Sr., RHP, Air Force
April 16 - Andrew Mitchell, So., RHP, TCU
April 23 - Zack Hartman, So., RHP, UNLV