Feb. 28, 2012
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – New Mexico Lobo outfielder Josh Melendez was named the Mountain West’s Baseball Player of the Week for games played from Feb. 20-26, 2012.
Melendez, a junior from Chandler, Ariz., hit .533 (8-for-15) in the Lobos four-game series at Texas-San Antonio last week. The UNM centerfielder recorded three multi-hit games, starting the series with a 3-for-4 performance in Friday’s 13-3 loss. On Saturday, UNM split a doubleheader (14-7, 2-3). In the win, Melendez was 2-for-3 from the plate with a double, a sacrifice fly and three runs scored. He was 1-for-4 in the nightcap. Melendez was 2-for-4 in the series finale on Sunday with two runs, an RBI and belted his first home run of the season. For the series, he stole one base in each game and only struck out once in 16 plate appearances.
“He is playing awesome,” head coach Ray Birmingham said. “Josh is a baseball player and that’s what I’ve said about him since he got here. He is a grown man and does things the right way. If you are going to draw a baseball player up, you draw up Josh Melendez.”
On a side note: Melendez set a UNM record under coach Birmingham by reaching base in his first seven plate appearances to start the 2012 season. It’s the most consecutive times reaching base to start a season and to start a career at UNM during the Birmingham era.
Melendez has also reached base safely in every game this season, and only has one game where he did not get a hit. Thus far in 2012, he leads the Lobos in batting at .522, on-base percentage at .613 to go along with 10 runs scored, a slugging percentage of .826, seven walks and five stolen bases in just seven games.
He has been great on defense as well, boasting a fielding percentage of 1.000. He is fluid and fast in center field and sees the ball very weel off the bat.