Mountain West Baseball Weekly Release
On The MWN: The Mountain West Network, powered by Campus Insiders, will broadcast 11 games over the next week, including all nine Conference games this weekend. All games on the Mountain West Network are available live and on-demand, and free of charge. Click here for links to this week's broadcasts.
Conference Play: San Diego State currently holds a one-game lead atop the standings at 14-4. Nevada is in a close second at 13-5, followed by New Mexico in third place at 11-7. MW action continues this week with three series - Fresno State at Air Force, Nevada at San Diego State and New Mexico at UNLV.
Golden Spikes Award Mid-season Watch List: The Nevada duo of Austin Byler and Ryan Howell have been named to the 2015 Golden Spikes Award Mid-season Watch List. The award recognizes the top amateur player in the nation. Byler has been on the list since the preseason, while Howell was added this week.
Johnny Bench Award Watch List: Fresno State junior Taylor Ward and UNLV senior Erik VanMeetren have been named to the 2015 Johnny Bench Award Watch List. The award recognizes the top amateur catcher in the nation.
Beating the Top 25: Mountain West teams have picked up seven wins over teams ranked in the Baseball America and USA Today Top 25 polls this season. Fresno State has wins over two different opponents, beating #6/12 USC 14-7 on March 17 and #21/- California 7-2 on March 25, while UNLV stopped #9/9 Arizona State 7-6 in a game that started on April 7 and extended to April 8. The other four wins have been against Texas Tech - February 17 by Nevada 18-4; March 13 versus San Diego State 9-0; and March 24 (7-6) and March 31 (6-5) against New Mexico.
Air Force Hosting Special Game on April 20: The Air Force baseball game on Monday, April 20 at 2 p.m. against Utah Valley will be part of the base-wide events surrounding Sexual Awareness Assault Month. The theme of the game is "Eliminate Sexual Assault. Know Your Part. Do Your Part.". The game will conclude with the Air Force and Utah Valley teams and any fans in attendance that would like to take part taking the stop sexual assault pledge. Both teams will be wearing a teal ribbon on their helmets in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
#Populate Peccole: Nevada recently announced that its April 26 game against San José State has officially sold out for the #PopulatePeccole promotion. It marks the first sellout in the history of the 3,000-seat stadium. Peccole Park is the site of the 2015 Mountain West Baseball Championship, May 20-24.
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