Phifer and Werner Named MWC Player/Pitcher of the Week
Jan. 28, 2002
The Air Force Academy swept the season's first Mountain West Conference weekly baseball honors as junior outfielder Josh Phifer earned Player of the Week honors and senior right-hander Matt Werner earned Pitcher of the Week accolades.
A native of Torrington, Wyo. (Torrington HS), Phifer helped lead Air Force to a pair of road victories at New Mexico State last weekend. Phifer tied a career-best with four RBI in game two vs. the Aggies, belting two doubles in four at-bats. In game three, Phifer cranked a double and a home run, while going 5-for-6 from the plate with three RBI. For the week, Phifer hit .583 (7-for-12) with seven RBI and six runs scored, and totaled seven putouts. He drove in the game-winning run in game two and scored the game-winning run in game three.
Werner, of Norfolk, Conn. (NW Regional No. 7 HS), earned his first career save by shutting down New Mexico State in the final two innings of Air Force's 22-19 victory in game three of the series. Werner faced 12 batters, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out three. He also closed out the Falcons' 12-7 win by facing three batters in the last 2/3 inning of game two, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Air Force, 2-1 this season, opens the home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Hastings College at Falcon Field. The team play a doubleheader Saturday at 10 a.m. and a single game at noon Sunday.