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MWC Heads into Second Half of Conference Season

The conference leading SDSU Aztecs will be hosting New Mexico to kick off season two. The Lobos are looking to stir the pot a bit and bring down the leaders and thereby making it a more wide open race to the finish. The one OOC series is between Fresno State and UC Santa Barbara who play in Santa Barbara. San Jose State and Air Force try to get some games in as the snow flies in Colorado Springs. Ah, baseball, your choice: Santa Barbara or the Springs? Both are great but we're talking baseball.

Steven Pallares leads the Aztecs into the weekend against New Mexico
Steven Pallares leads the Aztecs into the weekend against New Mexico
Kenny Olinger

Baseball Games for the Weekend of April 3-6

The Mountain West heads into the Easter weekend playing games Thursday through Saturday in observance of the holiday. There are a couple good series but the best is an OOC set with UC Santa Barbara taking on Fresno State at home. San Diego State hosts New Mexico as the Lobos would like to stir things up a bit. UNLV and San Jose State both try to step out of the mire of last place.

New Mexico (7-5) at San Diego State (10-2)
The Lobos just a bit over average this year and their hitting is not up to its usual high average. San Diego State? Well, they're hitting a ton, or, should I say, Lobo-like? I don't know what the outcome of this will be but hitting will certainly be involved. The Aztecs are on a roll and of the past six conference games, all have been victories. Then again, the last time these two teams played, the Lobos took two of three. I expect a close series.

UNLV (2-10) at Nevada (9-3)
The Wolf Pack and the Rebels get together again to renew their rivalry. The last time they played, the Pack took two of three losing only a 1-0 gem to Kenny Oakley. The Rebels are tied for last and I, for one, don't understand why. I thought they would compete for the title and they still might get their act together and this would be a good weekend to do it. Nevada, however, has been doing well all year and are pretty solid in most aspects of the game. Nevada should take care of business.

Fresno State (16-14) at UC Santa Barbara (20-7)
Here's the best match-up of the weekend. The mutts are always spoiling for a fight and, by golly, they should get one in Santa Barbara. The 12th ranked Gauchos are very good this year and should compete strenuously (did I really say that?) for the Big West title. There are three or four other teams in the Big West that will compete for the crown and most programs are good. What that means is the teams will lose plenty of games in conference so they will not look as good as a team within a weak conference that doesn't lose any conference games. You get what I'm sayin'? It sometimes doesn't pay to be a member of a strong conference. Anyway, this should be a good series and Fresno State has already lost the first game of the four games to be played 6-5. Three more to go.

San Jose State (2-10) at Air Force (5-7)
The Spartans are in Colorado Springs as I type this and the snow and rain is coming down as I type this. I live about two hours north of the Falcons' home field and I'm wondering if they will get to play the games. We'll see as weather is an issue in the early spring here. The Spartans lost two of three to the Falcons in San Jose the first time they played and the middle game loss of 12-0 was most disappointing for a Spartans fan such as I. Neither of these teams will be fighting for the regular season title but they most certainly don't want to end up in the cellar as they tied for last season.