NMSU's Forney Named WAC Hitter of the Week
New Mexico State second baseman Tyler Forney has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of April 11-17.
Forney, a junior from Gilbert, Ariz., helped the Aggies to a 3-1 record last week against San Jose State by hiting .600 (9-for-15) during the four-game series and struck out only once against a Spartan pitching staff that has the most strikeouts in the WAC. Forney was perfect at the plate in the final game of the series, going 4-for-4 with three RBI, no strikeouts and two runs scored.
"To do what we needed him to do and more is pretty impressive," head coach Rocky Ward said. "I am proud of his accomplishment and it shows how hard he has worked to get into the lineup and succeed."
Overall on the week, Forney tallied six runs, five RBI, one double and a walk. He registered a .957 fielding percentage. He had to make the move from shortstop to second base as fellow Aggie Parker Hipp was out this past weekend and filled the position well, stepping up his play against SJSU.
Forney made his second start at second base in game one of the four-game series against SJSU and led the way with a game-high six assists that included a tough 4-3 putout where he threw the ball across his body from the middle of the field. He was also in on a 4-6 putout that saved two potential runs from scoring in the eighth inning. Forney went 2-of-4 at the dish in the 16-8 win, April 16, and added an RBI, while crossing the plate twice.
Two weeks into WAC play, Forney leads the league with 13 hits and is second in the WAC with a .500 batting average (in league play only). He is also tied for fourth in runs scored (7) and in the top ten for slugging percentage (.538) in WAC play. Forney handled the SJSU pitching staff, that was considered one of the best in the league, and took his hitting streak to 11 games, which is currently the best on the NM State offense.