San Diego State second baseman Tim Zier and right-hander Bubba Derby have earned Mountain West Conference baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for games for their performances in the Aztecs' season-opening series at USD.
Zier, a junior from Escondido High, batted .429 (6-of-14) and collected seven RBI in the three-game series. He had SDSU's first RBI in each game. Zier also was perfect in the field on 15 chances with five putouts and 10 assists.
Derby, a freshman from Monrovia, earned two saves in the three-game series. In his collegiate debut, Derby protected a 4-2 lead after allowing the first two hitters in the ninth to reach second and third with no outs. He struck out the next batter before getting a ground ball to first that turned into a double play to end the game. In Sunday's 5-3 victory, Derby was called out of the bullpen in the ninth with a two-run lead, the bases loaded and no outs. He struck out the next three batters, the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 hitters in the USD lineup, to preserve the win. In two innings of work, Derby allowed two hits and struck out four batters.