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New Mexico State
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 2:59pm

Bakersfield right fielder Chance Gusbeth has been named the Western Athletic Conference
Baseball Hitter of the Week for February 10-16.

Gusbeth, a sophomore from Lancaster, Calif. (Desert Christian HS), led the Roadrunners to a 3-0 series sweep over Milwaukee. Gusbeth hit .583 (7-for-12) on the week with three runs, six RBI, two walks, one double and a home run. Gusbeth posted a .917 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage. He did not commit an error in eight fielding chances on the week.

The other hitter of the week nominations: Grand Canyon junior outfielder David Walker … New Mexico State senior first baseman Kristoffer Koerper … Northern Colorado freshman center fielder Jake Ekman ... Sacramento State sophomore right fielder Nathan Lukes … Seattle U senior infielder Cullen Hendrickson … Texas-Pan American freshman first baseman Victor Garcia Jr. … Utah Valley sophomore first baseman Mark Krueger.

Seattle U left-hander Connor Moore has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for February 10-16. Moore, a sophomore from West Richland, Wash. (Richland HS), pitched seven scoreless innings as Seattle U defeated UC Davis 2-1 in the Redhawks’ season opener on Friday. In the longest outing of his collegiate career, Moore allowed just three hits and one walk while throwing 79 pitches, collecting a career-high six strikeouts along the way. He allowed only one UC Davis player to advance as far as third base as he found himself in a
pitcher’s duel on the first day of the season.

The other pitcher of the week nominations: Bakersfield freshman Max Carter … Grand Canyon junior Coley Bruns … New Mexico State senior Kyle Kilgore … Sacramento State sophomore Sutter McLoughlin … Texas- Pan American senior Matt Harrell … Utah Valley freshman Nate Sylvester.

The Aggies started the 2014 season with a 3-1 record, marking the fifth time since 2003 that NM State has started with a 3-1 record or better ... sophomore Ryan Wagner led the Aggies with two home runs on the weekend, including seven RBI and 11 total bases ... Kristoffer Koerper led the Aggies with eight RBI, six hits and three doubles in the four-game series against Saint Mary’s this past weekend ... in game two of the series, Koerper went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI ... in three of the four games, Koerper recorded two RBI ... Kyle Kilgore pitched five innings for the Aggies in the second game of the four game series versus Saint Mary’s ... it was the most innings pitched by an Aggie on the weekend ... he allowed just two hits, while walking three
batters and striking out three batters. Kilgore also allowed no runs ... NM State continues play this week at home against SIU-Edwardsville.

Bakersfield has been selected as the favorite to win the 2014 Western Athletic Conference regular season baseball crown in a vote by the league’s 10 head coaches. The Roadrunners received 80 points and eight first place votes after winning a share of last season’s WAC regular season title. The ‘Runners went 37-22 overall last season with an 18-9 mark in the WAC. CSUB went 2-1 at last year’s WAC Tournament.New Mexico State ranked second with 70 points and one first place vote. NM State was followed by Sacramento State with 68 points and a first place vote. WAC newcomer Utah Valley was selected fourth with 50 points. The Wolverines went 24-30 last season and finished fourth in Great West Conference play with a 15-9 record. Grand Canyon, who will play its first year as a Division I member, was picked fifth with 45 points. Texas-Pan American received 37
points to earn the No. 6 spot, followed by Seattle U in seventh with 35 points. Northern Colorado was eighth with 34 points. North Dakota received 22 points to place ninth, while Chicago State was 10th with nine points.

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