The second week of Mountain West play went down last week, and UNLV who was the surprise team of the Mountain West is now in a slump as they were swept by New Mexico and is now 1-5 in conference play.
UNLV (18-9) vs. New Mexico (9-15)
After a hot start, UNLV has fallen into a slump by losing six-of-eight and five straight conference games. Now they are sitting in sixth place in the Mountain West standings. UNLV played New Mexico close in all three games, but they could not get the hits when they needed. The scores in each game were 3-1, 7-6 and 9-7. The final game for UNLV was the most disappointing loss since their ace pitcher Tyler Iodence who gave up 10 hits and four runs in six innings.
Utah (10-9) vs. Air Force (11-14)
Air Force lost two games against Utah with the third being postponed due to weather. The final game which play was stopped during the seventh inning as Utah was leading 9-4. The game will be finished when Utah travels to Air force on April 29th. The game of the series was the second game that was a pitchers duel that was a 2-1 win by Utah. In that game Utah pitcher Brock Duke who pitched six innings and allowed only one run and then the relief came in and continued to shut down the Falcons bats. Air Force's Sean Carly pitched his second complete game and held Utah to six hits, but the two runs was too many for the Falcons. The two wins by Utah moved them into first place in the conference with a 4-1 record and just ahead of TCU who is sitting at 2-1.
TCU (15-8) vs. Houston
TCU took two-of-three from Houston as their bats came alive in their two wins 16-1 and 9-1 and have been on a roll and won five-of-six after losing two in a row to UNLV. Here is what TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle had to say about the series win over Houston:
"Today's win makes me feel a lot more comfortable. Considering how we lost on Friday and the comeback on Saturday, today was the most complete game for us. I would like us to be more offensive in the middle innings. But they did a good job of keeping us on our front foot and getting us to hit the ball in the air. I thought Steven (Maxwell) was as good as he has been all year at times, Stefan (Crichton) and Andrew Mitchell were excellent as well."
San Diego State (7-17) vs. BYU (12-11)
BYU won two-of-three over San Diego State in three close games. The two wins for BYU put them back in the conference race as they improved their conference record to 3-3. The final game was a 5-3 win by San Diego State in 10 innings where the Aztecs scored three runs in the top of 10th of off Blake Torgerson. In BYU's two wins they were able to get out to big leads which were too much for the Aztecs to overcome.