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Haggerty, Walker named MW performers of week
ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico Lobo baseball players Sam Haggerty and Josh Walker were named Mountain West Player and Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced earlier this week.
Haggerty hit .500 (11-for-22) as UNM went 5-0 in games played between and April 7-13, which included Walker’s four-hit complete game over Fresno State Sunday afternoon, and moved into first place in the Mountain West.
“I’m very grateful for the honor,” said Haggerty, a sophomore from Denver, Colo. “But I’m most excited and happy that the team is starting to play well at the right team.”
It’s the second career honor for Haggerty, who was last season’s conference Co-Freshman of the Year. He got his week off to a blazing start with a career-high five RBI, including his second home run of the season, in UNM’s 9-6 win over Stephen F. Austin.
The next day he added a double, a pair of runs and a stolen base as the Lobos earned a 6-3 win.
He was just as good against Fresno State, recording three multi-hit games as UNM earned a series sweep over the Bulldogs.
In Friday’s 5-4 win, Haggerty went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Saturday he went 2-for-5 with two runs, an RBI and a career-high eight assists in the field as UNM won 11-6.
Haggerty finished the week with a 3-for-4 performance, including a triple, a run scored and an RBI, to back Walker in UNM’s 4-1 win. In all, he scored eight runs, had seven RBIs, a double, a triple, a home run, two stolen bases and a .773 slugging percentage.
Walker, a senior from Rio Rancho, had a big performance against Fresno State’s Bulldogs. He earned his 24th career win by limiting Fresno State to four hits - none after the fifth inning.
Walker, who was a preseason All-American, is now tied for second all-time in career wins at UNM.
He struck out a season-high four and walked just one as he threw 80 of his 119 pitches for strikes. Walker recorded 14 groundball outs on his way to his second complete game of the year.
It’s his second Pitcher of the Week award of the season and third of his career.
UNM is currently playing some of its best ball of the season and it has won five straight, and eight of nine, as it passed UNLV for first place in the conference standings.
The Lobos travel to face San Jose State for three games this weekend beginning Thursday night.
Spring football game set in Las Cruces
LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University football team closes out its second spring under head coach Doug Martin with its annual spring game Saturday.
The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
The spring game is the final spring practice for the Aggies before they resume a regular practice schedule in the fall.
The event is open to the public and admission is free. Each kid 12 and under will receive a free Aggie drawstring backpack.
The Aggies will play four 12-minute quarters, using a scoring system where both the offense and defense and earn points - the defense gets 6 points for a turnover, 3 points for a three-and-out series, along with points for tackles-for-losses and other plays.
NMSU, which went 2-10 last season, opens its 2014 season Aug. 28 against Cal Poly.