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MWC Shines in Baseball as Fresno States Leads the Way

The Mountain West had all the teams winning in their series except for San Jose State and Air Force. The big wins all paled beside Fresno's sweeping of Texas A&M at home. Would this be a reason why SEC teams seldom hit the road? Nah, it's mostly about money. But this series win by the Bulldogs certainly raised the MWC's flag a bit higher.

Tim Borst Delivers in Striking out Eleven Aggies
Tim Borst Delivers in Striking out Eleven Aggies
Keith Kountz

Fresno State Waves MWC Flag in Sweep of Texas A&M

In a minor miracle the three games in Fresno got played to the dismay of the Aggies. The Bulldogs drop three losses on the highly rated SEC team (feels good to say that) as the pitching really came through. I suspect the mutts might get a little recognition for these wins and might get a rating worth looking at. UNLV sweeps Air Force to pop the Falcons' bubble in three dominating wins. San Diego State takes two of three from the WCC's St. Mary's and New Mexico sweeps the WAC's Northern Colorado in dominating fashion. In other conference games, Nevada takes two from San Jose State in three tough games in Reno. Yeah, folks, the MWC looked pretty good this rainy weekend.

Texas A&M (7-4) at Fresno State (9-2)
The Bulldogs certainly made a statement this weekend against a very strong A&M team. In sweeping the three games at home the Bulldogs moved up in esteem and the Aggies certainly got knocked down a notch or two. They were road games for the Aggies but they lost the series with little doubt left. Jordan Brink (2-0) and Tim Borst both had a little help in throwing shutouts, 5-0 and 1-0 respectively. Tim's was especially eye-opening as he had 11 strikeouts and 0 walks in 8 IP. That's dominating stuff. I have only one question? What is the capacity of Beiden Field because it seems to me that more fans shoulda/coulda shown up. In any event, a signature series win by the Bulldogs.

Air Force (3-6, 0-3) at UNLV (7-3, 3-0)
The Rebels brought the Falcons down to earth and clipped their wings. They won all three games in handy fashion allowing a total of 5 runs in the games while scoring 31. Yessir, that adds up to sweep. Leadoff hitter Joey Armstrong led the hitters by going 7 for 15 in the series. That defines setting the table.

San Diego State (8-3) at St. Mary's (5-6)
San Diego State takes two out of three on the road in a series that I would have bet would not have been played. Well, they squeezed it in (doubleheader on Sunday) between raindrops. The Aztecs continue to roll and proving that they, along with UNLV and New Mexico, are the class of the conference. No surprise anywhere in that statement. The only loss was 2-0 in the seven inning game of the double header. Both pitchers threw complete games and offense was not the star of this show. Another feather in the MWC's cap.

Northern Colorado (2-10) at New Mexico (8-3)
The Bears of Northern Colorado found out just how far they have to go to catch up to a pretty good D1 program. The Lobos simply battered the Bears as they won all four games. They scored 42 runs while giving up 7. That ain't fair. Wolves and bears; what an ugly fight that would be.

San Jose State (3-9, 2-4) at Nevada (4-7, 2-4)
In a match of two struggling teams, the Wolf Pack took two of three from the Spartans. The Spartans lone win was the middle game which was in extra innings. A notable occurrence in this game; Nevada pitchers plunked 8 Spartans including the eventual winner in the 10th inning. Weird. Freshman Brett Bautista went 3 for 6 in the series continuing to shine and Andre Mercurio also returned from the DL (or whatever they call it in college baseball). Nevada appeared just a bit better in the three games and could have had a sweep except for all the hit batsmen.