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Mountain West Baseball Weekend Preview

A look at the baseball action in the Mountain West conference on the last weekend of the regular season.

#22 Nevada (40-12, 21-6 MW) vs Air Force (21-26, 10-16 MW)

The Wolf Pack are back at Peccole Park to host the Air Force Academy in the final regular season series for both teams. On Thursday, game one of the series was called because of rain with the score tied at 6-6 at the top of the 11th inning. The game will pick up once the rain has stopped. Despite Nevada having 15 hits and putting 24 runners on base, the Wolf Pack was only 4 for 20 with runners in scoring position and left 15 men on base.

Fresno State (27-25, 16-11 MW) vs New Mexico ( 28-25, 16-11 MW)

The Bulldogs and Lobos square off in a series to determine who will clinch the third seed in the Mountain West tournament. The opening game of this series was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Fridat.  The Bulldogs are coming off a sweep of UNLV last week and has found its offense last weekend as tallied 38 hits, 20 runs and 12 doubles against the Rebels. The Lobos, like the Bulldogs, are coming into this series on a winning streak as they have won four in a row and also like the Bulldogs want to finish third so they can avoid regular season champion Nevada but the Lobos don;t seem to mind face the Wolf Pack. "We want another crack at Nevada," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said. "They won the title and dog piled on our field, and good for them, they deserved it, but I don't want any team doing that but the Lobos."

UNLV (22-28, 8-19 MW) vs San Jose State (12-41, 5-22)

The Rebels are wrapping up their regular season with a three game series on the road against the last place Spartans. Like the Fresno State/New Mexico series, game one of this series was postponed due to inclement weather and game one of this series saw the Rebels drop one to the Spartans 3-0 and will now have to play in the play-in game of the Mountain West tournament next week.  The Rebels are looking to close out the regular season on a positive note after getting swept by Fresno State last weekend and losing midweek to Long Beach State. The Rebels are led by Johnny Bench Award Semifinalist, Erik VanMeetren who is hitting .301 with a team leading five home runs and 26 RBI.

San Diego State (34-18, 19-10 MW) vs Saint Mary's (26-25, 10-16)

The Aztecs close out the regular season with an out of conference series with the Saint Mary's Gaels out of the West Coast Conference. On Thursday, the game was called for rain after eight innings but the Aztecs were handling the Gaels 20-6 on the strength the Aztecs hitting four home runs. The lead hitter  for the Aztecs was Seby Zavala who went 3-3 with a home run, a double and four RBIs. The Gales hope their offense can wake up and produce if they want to be competitive in this series.