Mountain West Baseball Weekly Release - May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013

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Wrapping Up The Seeds ... The 2013 Mountain West Championship bracket will be released on Saturday, May 18, following the final game of the day ... UNLV (16-11) travels to Air Force (6-21) for the final series of the regular season. The Rebels will be fighting to hold on to second place and a bye in next week's tournament. The Falcons will be the No. 6 seed ... San Diego State (15-12) hosts No. 16 New Mexico (22-5) for the opportunity to move into second place and earn a first-round tournament bye. The Aztecs are one game behind second-place UNLV. The Lobos wrapped up the No. 1 seed last week along with the 2013 regular-season crown ... If SDSU and UNLV end up tied on Saturday, the Aztecs hold the head-to-head tiebreak with a 4-2 record versus the Rebels ... Fresno State (11-16) hosts Nevada (11-16) for the battle for the No. 4 and 5 seeds. The winner of the weekend series will be the fourth seed.

• Summer Plans ... While the MW baseball student-athletes are focusing on finals and preparing for the MW championship, outside sources are projecting where some of the top players in the league could be spending their summer. Baseball America's Jim Callis released his Mock Draft 1.0 on May 9 and had three MW players being taken in the First Round, starting with Nevada's Braden Shipley at No. 5 by the Indians. Callis also has New Mexico's DJ Peterson going at No. 11 by the Mets, followed by Fresno State's Aaron Judge at No. 21 by the Rays. All three are juniors this season ... The MW has never had more than one player selected in the first round. Only four have been first-round picks - Royce Ring, SDSU (No. 18, 2002); Andrew Cashner, TCU (No. 19, 2008); Stephen Strasburg, SDSU (No. 1, 2009); and C.J. Cron, Utah (No. 17, 2011).

• Watch Lists ...
Golden Spikes Award Watch List (top player): Aaron Judge, FS; Braden Shipley, NEV; Mitch Garver, UNM; DJ Peterson, UNM

Johnny Bench Award Watch List (top catcher; semifinalist update - May 16): Garrett Custons, AFA; Mitch Garver, UNM; Jake Romanski, SDSU

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Mid-season Watch List (finalist update - June 5): Michael Fain, NEV; Bubba Derby, SDSU

Brooks Wallace Award Watch List (top shortstop): Alex Allbritton, UNM

Olerud Award Watch List (top two-way player): Mark Shannon, UNLV

• 2013 Honors ...
Capital One Academic All-District: Brooks Klein, NEV; Josh Melendez, UNM

Senior CLASS Top 30: Mitch Garver, UNM

Arthur Ashe Jr. Sport Scholar Award: Greg Allen, SDSU

• Hitting the (Record) Books ... In between sessions with their school books, several MW student-athletes have been making an impact on the league's baseball career records book. The list of current players ranked among the MW Top 25 in a variety of career categories is compiled in the release PDF (link above).

This Week In Mountain West Baseball
Game Time TV/Webcast
MAY 16 (THURSDAY)
* UNLV at AIR FORCE 3 p.m. MT GoAirForceFalcons.com
* #16 NEW MEXICO at SAN DIEGO STATE 6 p.m. PT GoAztecs.com
* NEVADA at FRESNO STATE 6:35 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
MAY 17 (FRIDAY)
* UNLV at AIR FORCE 1 p.m. MT GoAirForceFalcons.com
* #16 NEW MEXICO at SAN DIEGO STATE 6 p.m. PT GoAztecs.com
* NEVADA at FRESNO STATE 6:35 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
MAY 18 (SATURDAY)
* UNLV at AIR FORCE Noon MT GoAirForceFalcons.com
* #16 NEW MEXICO at SAN DIEGO STATE 2 p.m. PT GoAztecs.com
* NEVADA at FRESNO STATE 6:35 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
Legend
* = Mountain West game
(#) = Baseball America Top 25 ranking
Live stats available for most games.