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Thomson, Real Earn Weekly MW Honors
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/05/2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico baseball team got back to its winning ways last weekend, taking two of three from San Diego State to move into a first-place tie in the Mountain West. Two of the players that had key roles in that series win -- Colton Thomson and Alex Real -- have been named Mountain West Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively. It's the first career honor for both players.

Thomson, a junior out of Gilbert, Ariz., started Saturday's 6-1 win over the Aztecs and was phenomenal. He hurled seven shutout innings and scattered six hits, all singles. He struck out two and did not walk a batter as he threw 67 of his 94 pitches for strikes. Over his final three innings he did not allow a single base runner past first.

Real, a junior out of Anthem, Ariz., hit .615 (8-for-13) for the week with a pair of multi-hit games. In Friday night's close 6-5 loss he gave UNM it's first lead of the game with an RBI single in the third inning. He finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and also threw out the MW leader in steals, Greg Allen, when he was attempting to steal second base. In UNM's 6-1 win on Saturday he went 3-for-5 with a run, UNM's first of the game in the second inning. He finished the weekend with a 4-for-4 performance in the Lobos' 13-5 win on Sunday. He had a pair of doubles, scored a run, drove in a run and was hit by a pitch. For the week he had a .615 OBP and slugged .769 while striking out just once in 14 plate appearances. He was also perfect in 12 chances behind the plate.

These are the sixth and seventh weekly awards for UNM this season, which leads the Mountain West. Josh Walker has been named Pitcher of the Week twice and Victor Sanchez once. Chase Harris and Sam Haggerty have each been named Player of the Week once.

2014 Mountain West Baseball Players of the Week
Feb. 17 – Brad Haynal, Jr., C, San Diego State
Feb. 24 – Taylor Ward, So., C/DH, Fresno State
March 3 – Taylor Ward, So., C/DH, Fresno State
March 11 – Ty France, So., 3B, San Diego State
March 17 – Spencer Thornton, So., OF, San Diego State
March 24 – Chase Harris, Sr., OF, New Mexico
March 31 – Seby Zavala, So., OF, San Diego State
April 7 – Austin Byler, Jr., 1B, Nevada
April 14 – Sam Haggerty, So., 2B, New Mexico
April 21 - Spencer Draws, So., OF, Air Force 

April 28 - Patrick Armstrong, Sr., 1B, UNLV
May 5 - Alex Real, Jr., New Mexico
 
2014 Mountain West Baseball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 17 – Erick Fedde, Jr., RHP, UNLV
Feb. 24 – Josh Walker, Sr., RHP, New Mexico
March 3 – Tim Borst, So., RHP, Fresno State
March 11 – Mark Seyler, So., RHP, San Diego State
March 17 – Victor Sanchez, So., RHP, New Mexico
March 24 – William Munro, Jr., RHP, Fresno State
March 31 – Griffin Jax, Fr., RHP, Air Force
April 7 – Tim Borst, So., RHP, Fresno State; Bryan Bonnell, So., RHP, UNLV
April 14 – Josh Walker, Sr., RHP, New Mexico
April 21 - Michael Cederoth, Jr., RHP, San Diego State
April 28 - Fred Schlichtholz, Fr., LHP, Fresno State
May 5 - Colton Thomson, Jr., New Mexico
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