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Mountain West baseball: Fresno State Runs out of Magic in Final as San Diego State Prevails

Aztecs offense comes alive late in the game.

The San Diego State Aztecs won the Mountain West baseball tournament and the automatic bid by beating the Fresno State Bulldogs 5-3 in a really good game. CJ Saylor closed out the game as he has done almost all year for the Aztecs.

SDSU’s offense cam alive to help the pitching in the eighth inning. Junior Tyler Adkison had an RBI single. That at-bat took everything out of him as he battled on for 13 pitches before he singled to right field, scoring junior Alan Trejo to tie the game up 3-3. Then it was Andrew Martinez who hit what would be the game-winner with a two-RBI single through the left side.

“We treated today like it was opening day,” said San Diego State head coach Mark Martinez. “That’s what we have tried to do all year and they did a great job today. This is a very gritty team and I am very proud to be a part of this.”

Where the Aztecs will go for their regional be announced Monday at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2 by the NCAA.

For those of you who follow RPI and how that affects decision makers, it doesn't look good for either New Mexico or Fresno State to earn an at-large bid. New Mexico won the regular season title (good) but was eliminated before the final game (bad). Their RPI ends at 74 (meh) but has gone down (-10 bad). Fresno State was the third place finisher (bad) and was in the championship game (good) but lost (bad). Their RPI was 106 (bad) but their stock was up by +26 (good).

Neither look promising to me and I'm not trying to sound like an anti-MWC talker. I just look at past years and I still have open wounds from SJSU getting screwed in 2009. So, all you fans out there pulling for the Mountain West, hold your breath.

2017 Mountain West All-Tournament Team

Most Valuable Player: Andrew Martinez, San Diego State

C.J. Saylor, San Diego State

Alan Trejo, San Diego State

Jordan Verdon, San Diego State

Jared Akins, Fresno State

Korby Batesole, Fresno State

Rickey Ramirez, Fresno State

Scott Silva, Fresno State

Jake Stone, Fresno State

Tyler Stevens, New Mexico

Mike Echavia, Nevada