While conference play is still in its early stages, the action
is quickly heating up. San Diego State sits atop the Mountain West
standings in hopes of repeating last year’s first place finish.
With a four-game win streak, the Aztecs hold a two-game lead over
second place UNLV. With the best overall record in the conference,
Colorado State hosts a strong BYU team this week. Here’s a look at
what has happened so far and what’s to come:
No. 1 San Diego State (27-18, 6-2)
The Aztecs host UNLV on Saturday. The game displays the
conferences top two records. Last weekend the Aztecs extended their
home conference win streak to 13 games.
No. 2 Nevada-Las Vegas (21-25, 4-4)
The Rebels have a new coach in Lonni Alameda and look to improve
on last year’s 4-14 conference record. Senior Bridget Byrne leads
the team in batting average (.432), hits (64) and slugging
percentage (.493). Before going to San Diego, the Rebels head to
the University of Cal-Riverside for a non-conference game.
No. 3 BYU (21-12, 3-3)
After hosting a doubleheader against Utah State on Tuesday, the
Cougars (21-12, 3-3) head to Fort Collins for a pair of games on
Thursday (1 p.m. and 3 p.m. starts). Last week the Cougars split a
two-game series with in-state rival Utah. Sophomore Laneta Le’I
leads BYU with a .354 average.
No. 4 Utah (13-22, 3-3)
Utes head coach Mona Stevens, in her eighth season, reached 250
victories for her career with a win against BYU last Saturday. The
team now looks to more conference action versus last place New
Mexico. Senior Glennis Donnelly ranks first for Utah in nearly
every offensive category, including: batting (.439), runs (30),
hits (50), home runs (12) and RBIs (34).
No. 5 Colorado State (26-11, 2-2)
CSU went 2-2 last weekend in conference play with two wins
against UNLV and two losses to SDSU. Leading CSU are seniors Ricki
Walker and pitcher Megan Masser. Walker has a .402 average while
Masser is 5-3 with a 1.92 ERA.
No. 6 New Mexico (26-22, 0-4)
Without a conference victory this season, the Lobos are seeking
their first while hosting Utah this weekend. At home, New Mexico is
6-1, compared to its 7-12 road record. Pitcher Ashley Perkins is
having a strong season with a 12-5 record and 1.92 ERA.