Mountain West Baseball Weekly Release
On The MWN: The Mountain West Network, powered by Campus Insiders, will broadcast 10 games over the next week, including six 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: Nevada currently holds a two-game lead atop the standings at 16-5. San Diego State is in second at 14-7, followed by New Mexico in third place at 13-8. MW action continues this week with three series - San José State at Nevada, Air Force at UNLV and San Diego State at Fresno State.
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.
NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Mid-season Watch List: Nevada junior Adam Whitt and San Diego State sophomore C.J. Saylor were recently named to the mid-season version of the 2015 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award Watch List. The award recognizes the top collegiate closer in the nation.
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.
Brooks Wallace Award Watch List: Danny Sheehan, a junior from San Diego State, was named to the 2015 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. The award recognizes the top collegiate shortstop in the nation.
NCBHOF John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award Watch List: Nevada sophomore Trenton Brooks has been named to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame (NCBHOF) John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List for his abilities to play multiple positions well. Brooks plays the outfield and pitches for the Wolf Pack.
NCBHOF Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List: San Diego State junior Bubba Derby joins Nevada's Adam Whitt on the NCBHOF Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List, recognizing the top collegiate pitchers 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.
#Populate Peccole: Nevada has 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 3,136-seat stadium. Peccole Park is the site of the 2015 Mountain West Baseball Championship, May 20-24.
MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK