DENVER – UT Rio Grande Valley's Tyler Torres and Grand Canyon's Kade Mechals have been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 22 – April 28.
Torres, a junior infielder from Harker Heights, Texas (Harker Heights HS), recorded hits in all four games this week and helped lead the Vaqueros to sweep over Seattle U that vaulted UTRGV into first place in the WAC standings. In UTRGV's lone non-conference game, he was 3-for-4 with a home run and a pair of RBIs. Against the Redhawks, he was 5-for-10 from the plate, scoring four runs and driving in five RBIs in the sweep.
Mechals, a junior right-hander from McMinnville, Ore. (McMinnville HS), earned his conference-best ninth win of the season on Sunday at Chicago State, allowing just one hit over seven innings with six strikeouts in a 7-0 victory at Chicago State. He retired the first 14 batters he faced en route to the win. On the season, he leads the WAC in opposing batting average with opponents hitting just .180 against him. His 2.22 ERA is second in the WAC and his 68 strikeouts in 69.0 innings pitched both rank fourth.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees: California Baptist's John Glenn hit .467 on the week as the Lancers took 2-of-3 at Northern Colorado … CSU Bakersfield's Damian Henderson hit a walk-off three-run home run on Saturday to beat Utah Valley, 9-6 … Grand Canyon's Jonny Weaver had multiple hits in all four games as the Lopes beat Arizona before earning a sweep at Chicago State … NM State's Kevin Jimenez was 3-for-5 with three runs scored in a 12-4 win at Sacramento State on Saturday … Sacramento State's Keith Torres led the Hornets at the plate, going 7-for-16 in a non-conference game at California and a three-game WAC set against NM State … Utah Valley's Drew Sims hit .583 as the Wolverines went 2-2 on the week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees: California Baptist's Logan Rinehart struck out 13 over 6.2 innings in a win at Northern Colorado on Friday … CSU Bakersfield's Noah Cordova earned the win on Sunday against Utah Valley, striking out six over 4.2 innings of relief … NM State's Chance Hroch struck out eight and allowed one unearned run over six inning to earn the win at Sacramento State on Sunday … Northern Colorado's Isaac Bracken tossed a complete game three hitter against Cal Baptist, allowing just one run with six strikeouts ... Sacramento State's Scott Randall threw six innings but took the no-decision in a 4-3 win over NM State on Friday … UT Rio Grande Valley's Trevelle Hill earned the victory on Friday against Seattle U, going seven innings in a 7-3 win … Utah Valley's Jake Carr earned the complete game victory on Friday night in a 5-3 win at CSU Bakersfield.