2016 Mountain West Baseball Championship Bracket Set
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.Fresno State (36-20, 21-9 MW) is the 2016 Mountain West regular season baseball champion and earned the No. 1 seed in next week’s Championship tournament. The MW Championship will be held at Santa Ana Star Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from Wednesday-Sunday, May 25-29. The Bulldogs and No. 2 seed New Mexico (35-21, 20-10 MW) have first-round byes to Thursday, May 26.
The 2016 MW Championship will be a double-elimination tournament preceded by a single play-in game between No. 6 seed San Diego State (19-36, 11-19 MW) and No. 7 seed San José State (17-38, 7-23 MW). The winner of the game, to be played at 11 a.m. MT on Wednesday, May 25, will face No. 3 seed Nevada (33-22, 20-10 MW) later in the day at 7 p.m. MT. No. 4 seed UNLV (24-30, 14-16 MW) will face No. 5 seed Air Force (28-25, 12-18 MW) at 3 p.m. MT.
Fresno State will face the lowest winning seed from Wednesday’s first round games at 3 p.m. MT on Thursday, May 26. The Bulldogs are the seventh different team to earn the top seed at the MW Championship. Fresno State is 5-6 in three years of MW postseason competition.
New Mexico will face the highest winning seed from Wednesday’s first round games at 7 p.m. MT on Thursday, May 26. The Lobos are 26-28 in Championship action with titles in 2011 and 2012. UNM earned the higher seed due to a 3-0 series win over Fresno State vs. Nevada’s 0-3 record versus the Bulldogs during the regular season. The Lobos and Wolf Pack series ended in a 3-3 tie.
Nevada is 4-6 in MW tournament play and will face the winner of SDSU-SJSU at 7 p.m. MT. The Wolf Pack is 0-2 versus the Aztecs and 1-0 against the Spartans in MW postseason action. SDSU, the three-time defending tournament champion (2013, 2014, 2015), is 1-0 in its only meeting against SJSU in Championship games. The Aztecs are 42-27 in MW postseason history and have won four titles (also 2000). The Spartans are 1-3 since joining the MW in the 2014 season.
UNLV is 26-27 in 16 seasons of MW action, winning three titles (2003, 2004 and 2005). Air Force holds a 4-19 championship record over 10 appearances.
The losers of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. contests will play each other at 11 a.m. MT on Thursday, May 26, followed by the first games for No. 1 seed Fresno State (3 p.m.) and No. 2 seed New Mexico (7 p.m.). Elimination games continue on Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m. MT and 3 p.m. MT with the winner’s bracket game played at 7 p.m. MT. Saturday, May 28, will begin with an elimination game set for 1 p.m. MT, followed by the championship game at 5 p.m. MT. If a second championship game is needed, it will be played at 1 p.m. MT on Sunday, May 29.
Live streaming of the 2016 MW Baseball Championship is available through the Mountain West Network (MWN) on TheMW.com and CampusInsiders.com. All live broadcasts are free of charge. Paul Loeffler, Robert Portnoy, Don Marchand and Chris Ello will call the games from Santa Ana Star Field. David Lombardi returns to the MWN broadcast team to provide color analysis and in-game features for a fourth consecutive season.
In addition, fans can watch live video on their mobile devices for free with the MW mobile app. Links to live stats, game highlights, recaps and box scores will also be available on the Mountain West Championship Central page on TheMW.com. The Mountain West application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from Google Play for Android phones and tablets. Broadcasts are also available on the Campus Insiders app and Verizon customers can watch on the go90 app.
Fans also can follow the Championship through the league’s social media channels on Twitter (@MW_OlySports), Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com/add/mountainwest), YouTube (MountainWestConf), Facebook (MountainWestConference), and Instagram (MountainWestConference) for updates on each game. Followers are encouraged to use the hashtag #MWBSB16 when posting throughout the meet.
All games are Mountain Time.
(#) = Tournament seed