DENVER - New Mexico State first baseman Tanner Rust has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week, for his play during the week of May 14-20.
Rust, a sophomore from Lakeside, Calif. (El Capitan HS), hit .500 (10-for-20) with five runs scored, two doubles, a triple, a home run, five RBI and one walks as the Aggies went 4-1 on the week with a win over CSU Bakersfield and a three-game series sweep at San Jose State. Rust had 43 putouts, three assists and only one error on defense through his five games last week.
In a 12-10 loss at rival New Mexico, Rust went 3-for-5 at the plate with his first home run of the season. He also picked up two RBI at New Mexico.
"Starting with UNM we felt like we were getting our momentum back and even though we lost we felt like it was a turning point for us," Rust said "We knew what we had to do against San Jose State and we took care of business. Overall it was a great week for us."
Rust recorded a sacrifice fly in game two at San Jose State to secure a 4-2 win over the Spartans. Rust then finished the week leading the Aggie offense going 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple, three runs scored and two RBI as the Aggies won their regular-season finale 15-2 at SJSU.