RENO, Nev. – Five members of the University of Nevada baseball team were named to the 2014 All-Mountain West baseball team for their play this season as the Wolf Pack finished fourth with a 15-15 conference mark. First baseman Austin Byler and outfielder Brad Gerig were first team selections. Relief pitcher Colby Blueberg along with outfielders Trenton Brooks and Kewby Meyer were named to the second team.
All-conference selections are based on play in the MW games only.
Byler from Peoria, Ariz. hit .325 in MW play and led the conference with 10 home runs and five triples. He was second in slugging percentage (.702), total bases (80) and tied for second with 28 runs scored. The junior was fifth in on base percentage (.423), seventh in RBI (23), tied for sixth in walks (15) and tied for sixth being hit by pitch six times.
Playing primarily right field for the Pack Gerig was second in the conference with a .375 batting average and .460 on base percentage. The Roseville, Calif. senior was fifth in slugging percentage (.542) and tied for seventh with four home runs. He also ranked in the top 20 in hits (36), RBI (20), doubles (7), total bases (52) and walks (12) in the MW.
The Pack’s left fielder Meyer hit .333 in MW play to tie for 14th in the conference. The junior from Waipahu, Hawaii tied for first with 129 at bats, tied for third with 43 hits, was third with 11 doubles, tied for sixth with 140 plate appearances, tied for ninth with 22 runs scored and was seventh with 59 total bases. He set the school record with 26 doubles on the season.
Brooks was one of two freshmen named to an All-MW team starting 17 games in the outfield and six at designated hitter. In 26 MW games played the Alpine, Calif. native batted .347 to rank seventh in the conference. His seven doubles tied for 16th and .475 slugging percentage ranked 14th.
Spending most of the season as the Pack’s setup man Blueberg allowed just one run in 23 innings to post a 0.39 ERA in MW play. The Carson City, Nev. product struck out 21, walked just three and conference opponents hit just .179. He earned a victory over Fresno State and a save against MW co-champion New Mexico. The junior led the MW with 18 appearances and 18 games in relief. His 33 appearances on the season set a Wolf Pack record.
Nevada (28-25) opens play in the double-elimination MW Championship Wednesday night versus Fresno State (27-27) at Earl E. Wilson Stadium on the campus of UNLV at 7 p.m.
MOUNTAIN WEST ANNOUNCES
2014 ALL-CONFERENCE BASEBALL TEAM
Fresno State’s Luplow earns Player of the Year; UNLV’s Fedde named Pitcher of the Year. New Mexico’s Collier is Freshman of the Year; UNLV’s Chambers selected Coach of the Year
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Mountain West baseball coaches chose Fresno State junior outfielder Jordan Luplow and UNLV junior right-hander Erick Fedde as the MW Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Year as the 2014 All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced today. New Mexico outfielder Danny Collier is the league’s Freshman of the Year, while UNLV skipper Tim Chambers earned his first MW Coach of the Year honor.
Luplow set a Conference record for juniors with a .470 batting average in league games, .095 points higher than the next batter in league play. The native of Clovis, California, had a league-high 54 hits to go along with 23 runs scored, 29 RBI, 14 doubles, one triple and four home runs in 30 Mountain West games for the Bulldogs this season. His doubles ranked first in the MW, while he was second in RBI.
Fedde, from Las Vegas, Nevada, was 6-1 for the Rebels with a 1.60 earned run average in Conference play this year. He also led the league with an opposing batting average of .218 and was third with 61 strikeouts. His six wins ranked second in MW play.
In 19 Conference games, Collier hit for .384 while playing in the outfield. Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he also scored 12 runs and drove in nine with two doubles and two triples for the Lobos.
Chambers led the Rebels to their third Mountain West regular season title, the first since 2005. UNLV compiled a 20-10 Conference record en route to earning the No. 1 seed for the 2014 Mountain West Baseball Championship, May 21-25, at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.
Seven players were repeat All-Conference selections from a year ago, including San Diego State second baseman Tim Zier, the only repeat member of the first-team, and UNLV third baseman T.J. White, a repeat second-teamer. New Mexico catcher Alex Real and shortstop Sam Haggerty, San Diego State pitching duo Michael Cederoth and Bubba Derby, and UNLV utility player Patrick Armstrong made the move from second team to first team in 2014.
2014 All-Mountain West Baseball Team
Position Name Team Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Catcher Alex Real# New Mexico 6-0 205 Jr. Anthem, Ariz. (Boulder Creek HS)
First Base Austin Byler Nevada 6-3 225 Jr. Peoria, Ariz. (Sunrise Mountain HS)
Second Base Tim Zier# San Diego State 5-10 195 Sr. Escondido, Calif. (Escondido HS)
Third Base Tyler France San Diego State 6-0 205 So. West Covina, Calif. (South Hills HS)
Shortstop Sam Haggerty# New Mexico 5-11 175 So. Denver, Colo. (Mullen HS)
Outfield Jordan Luplow Fresno State 6-1 195 Jr. Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan HS)
Outfield Brad Gerig Nevada 6-2 195 Sr. Roseville, Calif. (Sierra College)
Outfield Chase Harris New Mexico 6-0 205 Sr. Boise, Idaho (Centennial HS)
DH/Utility Patrick Armstrong# UNLV 6-0 200 Sr. Woodbridge, Calif. (Sacramento City JC)
Pitcher Bubba Derby# San Diego State 5-11 185 So. Monrovia, Calif. (LaSalle HS)
Pitcher Erick Fedde UNLV 6-4 180 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev. (Las Vegas HS)
Pitcher John Richy UNLV 6-4 210 Jr. Golden, Colo. (Golden HS)
Relief Pitcher Michael Cederoth# San Diego State 6-6 215 Jr. San Diego, Calif. (Steele Canyon HS)
Position Name Team Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Catcher Taylor Ward Fresno State 6-2 185 So. Indio, Calif. (Shadow Hills HS)
First Base Morgan Stotts UNLV 6-0 200 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev. (College of Southern Nevada)
Second Base Justin Jones UNLV 5-11 180 So. Henderson, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)
Third Base T.J. White# UNLV 5-11 195 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)
Shortstop Matt McCallister UNLV 5-11 175 Sr. Verdugo Hills, Calif. (Glendale CC)
Outfield Tyler Jones Air Force 6-0 200 Fr. Turlock, Calif. (Turlock HS)
Outfield Trenton Brooks Nevada 6-0 170 Fr. Alpine, Calif. (Granite Hills HS)
Outfield Kewby Meyer Nevada 6-1 190 Jr. Waipahu, Hawaii (Kamehameha HS)
Outfield Edgar Montes UNLV 6-1 200 Jr. Pacoima, Calif. (Glendale CC)
DH/Utility Brad Haynal San Diego State 6-3 220 Jr. San Diego, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo HS)
Pitcher Cameron White Air Force 6-4 210 Sr. Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine HS)
Pitcher Josh Walker New Mexico 6-2 180 Sr. Rio Rancho, N.M. (Howard JC)
Pitcher Kalei Contrades San José State 5-10 195 Jr. Ewa Beach, Hawaii (Saint Louis HS)
Relief Pitcher Colby Blueberg Nevada 6-0 185 Jr. Carson City, Nev. (Carson HS)
Player of the Year: Jordan Luplow, Jr., OF, Fresno State
Pitcher of the Year: Erick Fedde, Jr., RHP, UNLV
Freshman of the Year: Danny Collier, OF, New Mexico
Coach of the Year: Tim Chambers, UNLV