DENVER – NM State's Tristan Peterson and Utah Valley's Paxton Schultz have been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 18 – March 24.
Peterson, a junior infielder from Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon del Oro HS/Howard JC), was the top hitter in the WAC during the opening weekend of conference play in a series win against CSU Bakersfield and chipped in a solid non-conference game at Arizona as well. On the week, he was 12-of-19 from the plate with 13 RBIs, five home runs and seven runs scored. All five home runs and 10 of those RBIs came in a three-game series against CSU Bakersfield as the transfer helped the Aggies outscore the 'Runners, 44-14. Through the first three games of WAC play, he is hitting .643 with a 1.786 slugging percentage.
Schultz, a junior right-hander from Orem, Utah (Orem HS), delivered one of the top starts of the week, going eight shutout innings to earn the win in a 4-2 victory over Seattle U on Saturday. He helped the Wolverines earn their first WAC win of the season by striking out seven and scattering six hits without allowing a run. On th season, he holds a 3.51 ERA with 40 strikeouts through 41.0 innings pitched.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees: California Baptist's Luke Navigato hit. 421 on the week as the Lancers went into Phoenix and lost a slugfest with Arizona State before winning their WAC-opening series at Grand Canyon … CSU Bakersfield's Jake Ortega hit .571, going 8-for-14 in a series loss at NM State … Chicago State's Gabriel Coburn hit .421 on the week and helped lead the Cougars to wins over Northern Illinois and Northern Colorado … Grand Canyon's Preston Pavlica was 2-for-3 in an 11-2 win over Utah on Monday … Sacramento State's Dawsen Bahco earned a hit in all four games on the week and was 5-for-13 in a series win over UT Rio Grande Valley … UT Rio Grande Valley's Anthony Gomez hit his third home run of the season in a 6-2 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday … Utah Valley's Drew Sims led the Wolverines offensively, hitting .462 on the week as UVU took a road series at Seattle U.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees: California Baptist's Logan Rinehart threw five no-hit innings and earned the win in an 8-0 victory at Grand Canyon on Saturday … Chicago State's Anthony Leedle picked up a pair of wins on the week, striking out four over five innings in a 10-8 win over Northern Illinois and allowing just one hit in 5.1 innings against Northern Colorado … Grand Canyon's Kade Mechals struck out six and allowed three hits over six innings in a 3-0 win over California Baptist on Friday night … NM State's Justin Dehn earned the win in a 23-1 win over CSU Bakersfield, allowing three hits and one unearned run while going the distance in the run-rule contest … Sacramento State's Tanner Dalton, saw action in three games this week, striking out four without allowing a hit over four innings pitched … UT Rio Grande Valley's Juan Carreon II earned his first career win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, striking out two over 2.2 innings in a 6-2 victory.