June 2, 2009
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Junior designated hitter Matt Alexander earned team Most Valuable Player honors at the 2009 Air Force baseball season-ending banquet recently. In addition, sophomore outfielder Tytus Moss took home the Iron Bolt award.
Alexander, a native of Oak Park, Calif., ended the regular season leading the Mountain West Conference with 15 home runs, 65 RBIs. The junior batted .383 on the year and cracked the Air Force single-season top ten categories in homers (7th), hits (6th) and RBIs (4th). Alexander was one of 16 semifinalists for the 2009 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball.
Alexander picked up several accolades on April 6 & 7 after a monster weekend at Utah Valley. Alexander batted .632 against the Wolverines, going 12-for-19, with six homers, 11 runs and 17 RBIs and just four games. His three home runs in game one of the Saturday, April 7, doubleheader was the first by a Falcon since 2002. For his efforts, Alexander garnered several awards listed below:
- Collegiate Baseball News Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week
- Mountain West Conference Player of the Week
- College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Lineup
- AirForceFalcons.com Athlete of the Week
Moss earned the Iron Bolt Award, given to the top performer in strength and conditioning sessions. Moss came on late in the season, batting .282 with three homers and a .615 slugging percentage in 22 games.
Air Force also honored its four seniors and two senior team managers. Seniors Casey Allen, Jason Griggs, Jake Petro and Adam Teach and managers Eric Burton and Michael Giannone were honored for their contributions to Falcon baseball.