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 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: Nevada clinched the 2015 MW regular season title on Sunday, May 3 with a 4-game lead in the standings and one remaining Conference series for the Wolf Pack. San Diego State sits in second place at 17-10 with one series left, while Fresno State and New Mexico are tied for third at 13-11 with two series remaining for each team. MW action continues this week with three series - San Diego State at Air Force, Fresno State at UNLV and San José State at New Mexico.
Three Named Capital One Academic All-District: Three Mountain West student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Teams on May 7. Alex Estrella, a junior from New Mexico, and Russell Williams, a sophomore from Air Force, were named to the District 7 Team, while Fresno State senior Taylor Tempel earned District 8 honors.
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.
#PopulatePeccole: Nevada recorded its first sellout of the 3,136-seat Peccole Park on April 26 game against San José State. Peccole Park is the site of the 2015 Mountain West Baseball Championship, May 20-24.