COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--BYU sophomore righthander Jeff Mousser and Air Force junior infielder Bowie Frost are the Mountain West Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively. Frost and Mousser are first time award winners this season.
Mousser, from Tempe, Ariz. (Marcos de Niza HS), recorded his fifth victory of the year after winning a 5-2 decision vs. Utah last week. Mousser carried a shutout into the ninth inning as he struck out 10 and walked one through 8.1 innings pitched before giving way to a pair of Ute runs. The league leader with a 2.68 ERA this season, Mousser retired the Utes in order in five of his 8.1 innings pitched.
"He had command of all his pitches and was able to locate them in any count," said BYU Coach Vance Law of Mousser. "He kept Utah's good hitters off balance."
Mousser threw 112 pitches, lowered his ERA from 2.80 to 2.68, put the Utes down in order in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, sixth, and seventh innings, and got out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth with no runs on three hits.
"You have to hand it to (Mousser)," said Utah coach Tim Esmay. "He took a 5-0 shutout into the ninth. That doesn't happen often in college baseball. That tells you how well that kid pitched."
"Jeff had our most dominant pitching performance since Nate Fernley last year," said BYU pitching coach Mike Karpel.
Frost, from Lamar, Colo. (Lamar HS), went 8-for-14 (.571) last week, while helping the Falcons take two-of-three conference games from UNLV. In the first contest, Frost was 2-for-5 with a double in the Falcons' 7-6 victory. In game two, he was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as Air Force posted an 8-5 win. In the series finale, Frost extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 4-for-5 performance in a loss to the Rebels, including a home run and an RBI. The MWC leader with a .414 batting average this season, Frost also played error free in 12 chances from third base.