Mountain West Baseball Weekly Release - May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012

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The Mountain West baseball championship race heats up over the last two weeks of the season with TCU and New Mexico tied for first place. Tournament host UNLV and Air Force are fighting for the fourth spot in the postseason bracket.

Notables:

  • TCU and New Mexico tied for first with two weeks left ... TCU evened up the 2012 series with New Mexico, 3-3, with a 2-1 showing over the weekend in Fort Worth. The teams sit atop the MW standings with matching 13-5 conference records. Both teams have two MW series remaining in the regular season ... San Diego State is in third place at 11-10 with one MW series remaining, at TCU the last week of the season. ... Air Force and UNLV are in a battle for the fourth spot in the MW Championship. The top four teams advance to the Conference Championship, May 24-27, at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. Air Force (5-13) finishes the season hosting TCU this week and travelling to New Mexico for the last week of MW play. UNLV (6-15) ends MW play this week, hosting New Mexico. Friday's game will be featured on The Mtn. (DirecTV 616) with Bill Doleman and Roger Bailey calling the action from Wilson Stadium. Should Air Force and UNLV finish Conference action tied, the Rebels hold the tiebreak with a 4-2 series record over the Falcons in 2012.

    Tiebreaking Procedure
    Tournament seeding shall be based on regular season winning percentage in Conference competition.

    In the case of a two-way tie in the final standings, position in the tournament bracket shall be determined as follows:
    a. Comparison of head-to-head competition in regular season Conference play;
    b. Evaluation of results from games of those teams tied during regular season play against those teams finishing ahead of the tied position (utilizing win percentage, if necessary, when evaluating results against those teams), beginning at first place and working down the standings to the tied position or until the tie is broken;
    c. Evaluation of results from games of those teams tied during regular season play against those teams finishing below the tied position (utilizing win percentage, if necessary, when evaluating results against those teams), beginning at the tied position and working through last place, until the tie is broken; or
    d. A drawing by the Commissioner.

    In the case of a multiple-team tie in the final standings, position in the tournament bracket shall be determined as follows:
    a. Comparison of head-to-head competition in regular season Conference play;
    b. If a tie still exists between three or more teams, evaluation of results from games of those teams tied during regular season play against those teams finishing ahead of the tied position (utilizing win percentage, if necessary, when evaluating results against those teams), beginning at first place and working down the standings to the tied position or until the tie is broken;
    c. Evaluation of results from games of those teams tied during regular season play against those teams finishing below the tied position (utilizing win percentage, if necessary, when evaluating results against those teams), beginning at the tied position and working through last place, until the tie is broken;
    d. If at any time during this analysis, any team(s) should have an advantage over the other team(s) tied at that position, the team(s) holding the advantage shall assume a bracket position higher than the other team(s); or
    e. A drawing by the Commissioner.

    Completed series records through games on May 6
    Air Force vs. San Diego State - SDSU, 4-2
    Air Force vs. UNLV - UNLV, 4-2
    New Mexico vs. San Diego State - UNM, 5-1
    New Mexico vs. TCU - Tied, 3-3
    San Diego State vs. UNLV - SDSU, 5-1
    TCU vs. UNLV - TCU, 5-1

    Remaining series records through games on May 6
    Air Force vs. New Mexico - UNM, 2-1 - will be played May 17-19
    Air Force vs. TCU - TCU, 3-0 - will be played May 11-13
    New Mexico vs. UNLV - UNM, 3-0 - will be played May 11-13
    San Diego State vs. TCU - TCU, 2-1 - will be played May 18-20

  • Elander and Kirk Named Academic All-District ... TCU catcher Josh Elander and UNLV outfielder Trevor Kirk have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Baseball Team. Elander represents District Seven, while Kirk is in District Eight. It is the first Capital One Academic honor for both student-athletes. As first team selections, Elander and Kirk will advance to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot. Elander is a junior communications major with a 3.42 GPA. Kirk, a senior, holds a 3.55 GPA in kinesiology.

  • Tops in Attendance ... In the most recent Division I Baseball Attendance survey conducted by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, TCU and New Mexico rank among the Top 40 in the nation in home attendance in 2012. The Horned Frogs rank 10th in average attendance at 4,127 and in total at 119,695. TCU is just one of 12 teams in the nation to have over 100,000 fans come through the front door so far this season, first among teams not in the SEC, Big 12 or ACC. The Lobos are 39th in average (1,609) and 36th in total (45,055).

  • Mountain West on Watch Lists ... TCU junior catcher Josh Elander has been named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list. He is one of 43 members on the first list of the season. TCU's Bryan Holaday was the award recipient in 2010.

    Elander is also one of three MW student-athletes on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List, recognizing the top player in collegiate baseball. TCU senior outfielder Jason Coats and New Mexico sophomore third baseman D.J. Peterson are also on the list. San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg won the award in 2009.

  • MW Baseball on Television ... The 2012 MW baseball television schedule includes 47 games on national television, with the possibility of a 48th game if a second championship contest is necessary at the 2012 Mountain West Baseball Championship. The full schedule is available on TheMWC.com.

    Four games remain on the regular season schedule, all on The Mtn. - MountainWest Sports Network. The Mtn. also will televise every game of the MW Baseball Championship from Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev., May 24-27. It will be the sixth consecutive season that every game of the baseball championship will be televised. The games on Saturday, May 26, will be simulcast on CBS Sports Network (CBSSN).

    The Mtn. is carried nationally by DirecTV (channel 616) and on numerous cable operators throughout the country. CBS Sports Network can be seen on DirecTV channel 613, on Dish Network channel 158 and on numerous cable networks across the nation.

  • Mountain West Baseball on Twitter ... Follow your favorite Mountain West baseball teams and catch up on news from around the league on Twitter at @TheMWCOlySports.

This Week In Mountain West Baseball
Game Time TV/Webcast
MAY 11 (FRIDAY)
* #24 TCU at AIR FORCE 3 p.m. MT
SAN DIEGO STATE at #10 Texas A&M 6:35 p.m. CT
* NEW MEXICO at UNLV 6 p.m. PT The Mtn.
MAY 12 (SATURDAY)
* #24 TCU at AIR FORCE 1 p.m. MT
SAN DIEGO STATE at #10 Texas A&M 2:05 p.m. CT
* NEW MEXICO at UNLV 2:05 p.m. PT UNLVRebels.com
MAY 13 (SUNDAY)
* #24 TCU at AIR FORCE 11 a.m. MT
SAN DIEGO STATE at #10 Texas A&M 12:05 p.m. CT
* NEW MEXICO at UNLV 1:05 p.m. PT UNLVRebels.com
MAY 15 (TUESDAY)
AIR FORCE at Northern Colorado 3 p.m. MT
#24 TCU at Oklahoma 6:30 p.m. CT
New Mexico State at NEW MEXICO 6 p.m. MT GoLobos.com
Loyola Marymount at SAN DIEGO STATE 6 p.m. PT GoAztecs.com
Legend
* = Mountain West game
The Mtn. = MountainWest Sports Network DirecTV 616
CBSSN = CBS Sports Network DirecTV 613
Live stats available for most games.