DENVER Nevada second baseman David Ciarlo and Louisiana Tech pitcher Alan Knotts have been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 25-Mar. 2.
Ciarlo, a senior from Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS), hit .692 (9-for-13) with five runs, six RBI, a double, a triple and two home runs. In three of four games, he finished with multiple hits including a 3-for-3 performance in each of his final two games of the week. In the three games at the Southwest Diamond Classic, he hit .800 (8-for-10) with four runs, six RBI, a double, two home runs, and a 1.500 slugging percentage. The effort earned him all-tournament honors. With four starts last week, he has now started 77 consecutive games at second base.
Knotts, a senior from Shreveport, La. (Captain Shreve HS), pitched 5.1 scoreless innings against UT-Arlington, picking up his first win of the season. Knotts did not allow a run in his second career start, which also marked the longest outing of his career. He also struck out four while allowing only one walk.
The other hitter of the week nominations were junior infielder Erik Wetzel, Fresno State; sophomore infielder Vinnie Catricala, Hawaii; senior outfielder Joseph Scaperotta, New Mexico State; junior third baseman Chris Kersten, Louisiana Tech and senior third baseman David Flores, Sacramento State.
The other pitcher of the week nominations were senior Clayton Allison, Fresno State; junior Jared Alexander, Hawaii and junior Stephen Bautista, Nevada.