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Fresno State Picked To Win 2015 Mountain West Softball Title

Fresno State has been picked to win the 2015 Mountain West softball title by the Conference’s nine head coaches. The Bulldogs collected seven first-place votes and 63 total points. Three-time defending league champion San Diego State was second with 54 points and one first-place votes.

UNLV received the other first-place vote and is third with 44 points. Colorado State is fourth with 43 points, followed by San José State (34 points), Boise State (33 points), Nevada (26 points) and Utah State (18). New Mexico rounds out the poll with nine points.

Fresno State returns five starters and eight letterwinners from the 2014 club that finished tied for second in MW action with a 15-9 record (31-21 overall). Senior outfielder Brenna Moss, the 2014 MW Defensive Player of the Year, anchors the Bulldog lineup. As a junior, Moss had a .337 batting average and drove in 18 runs. Fresno State sees its top four pitchers from 2014 return to the lineup as well, led by junior right-hander Jill Compton. Compton was 20-9 last year with a 2.16 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 191.1 innings pitched.

San Diego State brings back seven starters from its 2014 squad that closed out league play with a 16-8 mark (40-19 overall). Nine letterwinners from 2014 are back, including sophomore first baseman/designated player Sydnee Cable, who hit .356 with one home run and 32 RBIs as a freshman. Senior designated player/left fielder Lorena Bauer, who red-shirted the 2014 season, returns to the Aztec lineup in 2015. In 2013, Bauer posted a .401 average with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs.

The Rebels will field an experienced team in 2015 as 11 starters and six letterwinners return. Leading the way offensively is the 2014 MW Offensive Player of the Year, junior shortstop Garie Blando. In 2014, Blando batted .412 with four home runs and 22 RBIs. The Rebels also return four pitchers to the circle, including sophomore Morgan Ettinger, who started 17 games last season.

The 2015 softball season gets underway on Thursday, Feb. 5.

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