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First Place at Stake this Weekend in Mountain West Baseball

Fresno State travels to New Mexico to take on the Lobos and both teams are 9-3 in conference play. By Sunday only one team will be in first in this classic match of pitching against hitting. A good one.

Will Coach Batesole dare to put freshman Edgar Gonzalez on the mound to face the Lobos?
Will Coach Batesole dare to put freshman Edgar Gonzalez on the mound to face the Lobos?
Keith Kountz - Fresno State Athletics

Big Showdown in Albuquerque Highlights Weekend's MWC Baseball

Only two series warrant serious attention. Tops on the list will be Fresno State at New Mexico and that will be a battle for first place. Second will be to watch Nevada's efforts to further the Mountain West's claim to OOC relevance. Man, all these big words and overly dramatic comments. Simply stated, a mid-season battle for first and hopes for a good showing in Texas. I'm going to make this post relatively short as I have to get ready to drive on down to Colorado Springs (the Springs as they call it out here) to watch San Jose State take on Air Force in Friday's game and the doubleheader on Saturday.

Fresno State (9-3) at New Mexico (9-3)

Pitching vs power. Always a good match and I support pitching every time. So far, I've been right. These games will be in New Mexico so there is home field advantage and the Lobos' power tends to shine there. They also have some pitching so they are pretty solid. Fresno State showed a lot by skunking Air Force last weekend; all about pitching. Will their pitching hold down the Lobos' power? That's why they play the games.

UNLV (4-8) at San Diego State (2-7)

Two struggling programs but UNLV has shown some life recently. San Diego State has been in the dumpster for most of the season and that, my friends, is still a mystery as to why.

San Jose State (3-8) at Air Force (4-4)

Air Force was thoroughly embarrassed this past weekend in Fresno but now they are home and I'm positive they'll do their best to take it out on the Spartans. Air Force has good hitting (especially at home) and decent pitching. The Spartans have decent hitting and not so good pitching. That's a recipe for disaster at the wind tunnel. See you there.

Nevada (13-13) at Texas State (20-10)

Lately, the MWC members have been doing quite well in their OOC games. Will it continue as the Wolf Pack travels to San Marcos, Texas for a weekend gig against the Bobcats? Year in and out the Bobcats are good and, as you can see by their record, this year is no exception. They always have talent. Just think Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.