2014 Mountain West baseball preseason awards: SDSU, New Mexico predicted to win the league

San Diego State and New Mexico are predicted to win the Mountain West, per the leagues coaches.

The Mountain West baseball season gets under way this weekend with many games and with the season beginning the coaches put in their votes for what team will win the league this year, as well as the all-conference team.

New Mexico won the Mountain West regular season while San Diego State won the conference tournament in 2013, and the coaches feel that those two schools are the biggest threat to win the league in 2014. Each team earned 43 points and three first-place votes, but UNLV is not far behind as they earned the final first-place vote and 40 points overall.

The Lobos are led by NCBWA preseason third team All-American, and preseason All-Mountain West, Josh Walker, a senior pitcher. Overall, New Mexico earned four total players for the preseason Mountain West honors, UNLV followed with three and San Diego State had two members selected. Fresno State and San Jose State were the only two who did not have player named to the preseason all-league team.

2014 MOUNTAIN WEST BASEBALL COACHES' PRESEASON POLL
Rk. Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. New Mexico (3) 43
1. San Diego State (3) 43
3. UNLV (1) 40
4. Fresno State 25
5. Nevada 19
6. Air Force 14
7. San José State 12
2014 MOUNTAIN WEST BASEBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Name Year Position Institution
Alex Real Jr. C New Mexico
Seth Kline Sr. 1B Air Force
Tim Zier Sr. 2B San Diego State
Austin Byler Jr. 3B Nevada
Jared Holley So. SS New Mexico
Chase Harris Sr. OF New Mexico
Greg Allen Jr. OF San Diego State
Joey Armstrong So. OF UNLV
Patrick Armstrong Sr. UT/DH UNLV
Josh Walker Sr. P New Mexico
Erick Fedde Jr. P UNLV

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