Sunday, April 9, 2017

Utah State-Fresno State snowed out, potentially tossing MW race into chaos

The final game of an important 3-game Mountain West series between the current first-place team (Utah State) and the preseason predicted first-place team (Fresno State) was snowed out in Logan on Sunday, potentially throwing the MW softball race into chaos down the road.

Canceled games in Mountain West softball are not made up, and this one could be a very important factor in determining the conference champion.  With the conference choosing not to hold a postseason tournament to determine its automatic entrant into the NCAA Tournament, the Mountain West awards its bid to the regular-season title winner.  We are already assured now that teams will play an uneven number of games to determine the champion.

With a conference race this tight (just two games in the loss column separates first- and eighth-place at the moment), the league was dealt a potentially lethal blow with today's game between the Aggies and Bulldogs being canceled.

There's a decent chance the Mountain West's automatic NCAA bid could be determined by percentage points in the event a half-game separates first- and second-place in May.

In games that were played on Sunday, Colorado State split a doubleheader at San Jose State, winning 5-0 in game one and falling 3-2 in the nightcap.  CSU won that important series and now has series wins over both the Spartans and San Diego State.  Madison Kilcrease hit a rare, inside-the-park grand slam to highlight a 5-run first inning in the opener for the Rams.  Bridgette Hutton tossed a complete-game 3-hitter as CSU roughed up SJSU starter Katelyn Linford for five earned runs before the Spartans could record the second out of the game.

Boise State won its series at UNLV with a victory today in a game where the Rebels committed seven errors.  Also today, New Mexico avoided a sweep with a 9-6 win over Nevada in Albuquerque.