COLORADO SPRINGS -- Junior first baseman/designated hitter Michael Wirrick of BYU and New Mexico junior right-handed pitcher Jeremy DeYapp were named the Mountain West Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Wirrick, from Bellevue, Wash. (Newport HS), went 7-for-10 (.700) with four RBI and four runs scored in three games against San Diego State last week.
Wirrick went 4-for-4 with four RBI in BYU's 15-9 series-opening win on Thursday, followed by a 2-for-3 performance in the Cougars' 17-5 win on
Friday. In the series finale, Wirrick went 1-for-3 in a 13-12 come-from-behind victory.
This is the first player-of-the-week honor in Wirrick's career. It is also the first player-of-the-week honor for a Cougar, although Nate Fernley was named pitcher-of-the-week the first three weeks of this season.
Wirrick, a walk-on two years ago, raised his batting average from .337 to .364 last week. During BYU's critical eighth-inning rally of the 13-12 victory in game three vs. SDSU, Wirrick led off getting hit by a pitch for the second consecutive time in the game to break a season school record. Wirrick has been hit by 15 pitches this season.