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Mountain West Players of the Week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Utah senior Corey Shimada and San Diego State junior Stephen Strasburg have been named the Mountain West Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

Shimada, from Murray, Utah, hit .533 (8-for-15) from the plate, with eight RBI, as Utah went a combined 3-1 vs. Gonzaga and Southern Utah last week. In a 16-9 win in game one of a two-game series at Gonzaga, Shimada went 3-for-5 from the plate with three RBI. He followed with a 1-for-3 performance in a 3-2 loss in game two. In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader vs. Southern Utah, Shimada went 3-for-5 with three RBI in Utah’s 11-3 victory. In game two, he smacked a second-inning two-run single to put the Utes on the board on the way to a 3-2 win. Defensively, Shimada had six putouts and 14 assists with no errors from his second base position.

Strasburg went 8.0 innings in San Diego State’s 11-5 win over 16th-ranked TCU last Friday. After giving up a leadoff home run to start the game, the San Diego, Calif., native, retired 14 consecutive hitters until a two-out single in the fifth inning. Ten of the 14 batters were retired via the strikeout. On the night, he struck out 14 batters while allowing two earned runs on three hits with one walk. TCU came into the contest hitting .323 as a team, but hit just .111 against Strasburg. He struck out the side in the third and fifth innings, and retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced on the night.

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