Mountain West College Baseball: UNLV Looks To Remain Atop Standings Before Conference Play Starts Next Week

The UNLV Runnin' Rebels are still atop the Mountain West Conference baseball standings a week before conference play begins. And despite a 12-3 record, the Rebels are still outside of the Top 25 polls. Here are the current standings:

 

TEAM (Rk.)  OVERALL
UNLV  12-3
TCU (7)  8-4
BYU  8-5
Air Force  4-7
Utah  3-6
New Mexico  3-10
San Diego State  2-11


UNLV
Next week, the Rebels face a real test when they start conference play against the TCU Horned Frogs, but this week they'll host a four-game series against Valparaiso. Senior outfielder Rance Roudy was named the MWC Player of the Week last week and is having a great season so far: .527/.581/.982 with five homers and four stolen bases. In the upset victory over the Arizona Wildcats Roudy went 2-for-4 with two doubles.

Valparaiso is 1-11 on the season.

TCU
The TCU offense woke up last weekend in a three-game sweep of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, but pitchers Kyle Winkler and Matt Purke were also outstanding. Outfielder Jason Coats was huge part of the offensive revival and he now has two home runs on the season. Brance Rivera leads the team with a .429 batting average and has hit safely in all 12 games. Kyle Winkler still maintains a 0.00 ERA.

They will play a three-game series against Houston Baptist this weekend. The Huskies are 0-12 so far. Kyle Winkler and Matt Purke will pitch the first two games against them.

BYU
The Cougars play a three-game series against the Oregon Ducks this weekend and have already lost the first game 3-6. BYU's Chris Capper took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but wound up allowing three runs before he finished the inning.

The Ducks entered the season as a Top 25 team, but after last night's win are still under .500 at 6-7.

Air Force
The Falcons are participants in another tournament; this one is the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. They will play Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, Bradley and Bucknell. Outfielder Nathan Carter has played in all 11 games, hitting .357/.429/.595 with two triples, three home runs and 10 RBI. Evan Abrecht is 3-0 with a 3.71 ERA in three games.

Utah
The Utes started play in the Frank Gifford Memorial on Thursday with a 6-4 win over UC Davis. C.J. Cron drove in two runs, but Cody Guymon's two-run single in the eighth put Utah over the top. Starter Rick Anton allowed four runs in 7 /23 innings and struck out five.

Utah plays Santa Clara twice and San Jose State for the rest of the tournament.

New Mexico
While the Lobos picked up their first three wins last weekend against Texas-San Antonio, they dropped a game to New Mexico State on Tuesday. Things won't get any easier when they face the Oklahoma St. Cowboys this weekend. The Cowboys are 9-3 and fourth in the Big 12 standings.

Mitch Garver leads the offense with a .375 batting average and a .976 slugging percentage. He has a team-high 13 RBI.

San Diego State
The Aztecs have played a tough schedule so far this season, including games against Vanderbilt, UCLA, Oklahoma, California and Connecticut. All are currently or have been in the Top 25 polls at one point this season.

They started a four-game series against the No. 15 Arkansas Razorbacks on Thursday and dropped the game, 12-4.

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