Mountain West Conference Announces Baseball Co-Players and Pitcher of the Week
TCU OF Jason Coats, Utah 1B C.J. Cron, UNLV RHP Tanner Peters honored
April 18, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - TCU junior outfielder Jason Coats and Utah junior first baseman C.J. Cron and UNLV junior righthander Tanner Peters have been named the Mountain West Conference Co-Players and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. This is the fourth career accolade for Cron, third for Peters and second for Coats.
Coats batted .562 (9-for-16) while helping TCU to a 3-1 road record last week, including a three-game sweep of San Diego State. The Plano, Texas, native finished with six RBI, six runs scored, four doubles, three walks and two stolen bases on the week. He recorded at least two hits and one RBI in each of the four games, beginning with a 2-for-4, one-RBI performance against No. 8 Oklahoma. In the Horned Frogs' weekend series at San Diego State, Coats went 7-for-12 (.583) at the plate, scoring two runs and hitting at least one double in each of the three contests. For the week, Coats posted on-base and slugging percentages of .667 and .812, respectively, while raising his batting average to a season-high .310. Defensively, he recorded five putouts without an error from his position in left field.
Cron turned in an 8-for-18 (.444) week at the plate while leading Utah to a 3-1 mark on the road, including a three-game sweep of New Mexico. Hailing from Phoenix, Ariz., Cron tallied eight RBI, six runs scored, three intentional walks, two doubles and two home runs for the week. He registered multiple hits in three of the four games while posting at least one run scored and one RBI in all four contests. Cron opened with a 2-for-5, two-RBI performance at Utah Valley, scoring a run on the first of his two homers on the week. In the Utes' weekend series at New Mexico, Cron went 6-for-13 (.462), driving in six runs and scoring five more. He also earned three intentional walks while recording two doubles and a homer in the series. Cron finished the week with a .524 on-base percentage and .889 slugging percentage. Defensively, the junior first baseman had 46 putouts and one assist with no errors.
Peters worked all nine innings of last Thursday's 7-2 win over BYU, allowing two runs on three hits without a walk. The Simi Valley, Calif., native retired the first six batters he faced, including the first four by strikeout, fanning 11 batters overall. After giving up both runs and all three hits in the third inning, Peters held the Cougars hitless over the final six frames, with just three BYU players reaching base during that span.