Day three of the 2010 WAC Tournament saw two more teams eliminated, both in walk-off fashion, and saw the league’s bully take a shot to the mouth. Third-seeded Nevada knocked of second-seeded New Mexico State with a walk-off two-run home run in the day’s first elimination game but then found a similar fate to the Aggies in the second elimination game of the day as the Wolf Pack were bested by sixth-seeded San Jose State in 10 innings on a walk-off two RBI single.
Day two of the 2010 WAC Tournament saw the first elimination as 3-seed Nevada ousted 5-seed Louisiana Tech 3-1. The 2-seed New Mexico State fell 13-7 to 4-seed Hawai’i and 1-seed Fresno State held on to defeat 6-seed San Jose State. There will be two elimination games played on Friday as the field will be whittled down to three by the end of the day.
The 2010 WAC Baseball Tournament got underway on Wednesday afternoon and fans were treated to an extra-inning game and an upset on day one as 4-seed Hawai’i came from behind twice to defeat 5-seed Louisiana Tech 8-7 and 6-seed San Jose State shut out 3-seed Nevada 6-0.
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MESA, Ariz. – The Western Athletic Conference today released its 2010 all-WAC baseball teams and postseason awards as selected by the league’s head coaches. Fresno State junior first baseman Jordan Ribera was named the Player of the Year and Nevada junior Brock Stassi earned Pitcher of the Year honors. The Freshman of the Year award went to San Jose State pitcher Zack Jones. Fresno State’s Mike Batesole was named WAC Coach of the Year.
The 2010 WAC Tournament is being held in Mesa, Ariz. at Hohokam Field, better known as the spring training facility of the Chicago Cubs. This marks the first season since the tournament was reinstated in 2006 that it is being held at a neutral site. After another competitive conference season, Fresno State emerged as the regular season champion. It’s their fourth regular season title in five years with a conference record of 16-8. New Mexico State finished in a tie for second place with Nevada at 14-9-1 but earned the 2-seed in the tournament by virtue of the Aggies’ head-to-head record of 2-1-1 against the Wolf Pack. Hawai’i earned the 4-seed with a strong finish as they won six of their final eight conference games to finish 12-12 in league play. Louisiana Tech is the 5-seed having lost three of their final four conference games to finish 11-13 and San Jose State is the 6-seed having lost three of their final four conference games to finish 9-15 after winning the regular season last year with a 15-7 record. Sacramento State finished in seventh place and ends their conference season with a record of 7-17 in league play and 18-35-1 overall.
Week seven of WAC play sees the end of the WAC regular season and as the final weekend starts, nothing has been determined. Three teams (Fresno State, New Mexico State and Nevada) have a shot at winning the regular season and three teams (Hawai’i, San Jose State and Sacramento State) still have work to do to make the WAC Tournament.
1. Fresno State (32-22, 13-7)
2. New Mexico State (36-21-1, 14-9-1)
3. Nevada (31-19-1, 11-8-1)
4. Louisiana Tech (26-25, 10-10)
5. Hawai’i (26-24, 9-11)
6. San Jose State (20-32, 8-12)
7. Sacramento State (17-32-1, 6-14)
SERIES OF THE WEEK
Nevada (31-19-1, 11-8-1) vs. Louisiana Tech (26-25, 10-10)
Peccole Park, Reno, NV
Week six of WAC play sees a change at the top of the standings at Fresno State swept league leader New Mexico State to move percentage points ahead of the Aggies in the standings. New Mexico State holds a half game lead on the Bulldogs but Fresno State’s slightly higher winning percentage would give the Bulldogs the top seed if the season were to end today.
1. Fresno State (30-20, 11-5)
2. New Mexico State (35-16-1, 13-6-1)
3. Nevada (27-18-1, 8-7-1)
4. Louisiana Tech (25-23, 10-10)
T5. Hawai’i (23-22, 6-10)
T5. San Jose State (18-29, 6-10)
7. Sacramento State (16-29-1, 5-11)
SERIES OF THE WEEK
Hawai’i (23-22, 6-10) vs. New Mexico State (35-16-1, 13-6-1)
Les Murakami Stadium, Honolulu, HI
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DENVER, CO – Fresno State’s Dusty Robinson and Nevada’s Jeremy Cole have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for May 3-9.
Robinson, a sophomore outfielder from Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial HS), hit .571 (12-for-21), helping the Bulldogs to a four-game series sweep at New Mexico State. Robinson recorded 11 runs, 12 hits, 12 RBI, four home runs, four walks, two doubles and a triple last week. He also had a slugging percentage of 1.333 and an on-base percentage of .619. In the series opener against NM State, Robinson tied his career high at bats with seven and recorded four hits with five RBI. In the third game of the series, Robinson went 3-for-3 with two home runs, a triple and five RBI.
Week five of play in the Western Athletic Conference sees the battle between rivals New Mexico State and Fresno State with first place on the line. The two teams faced each other for the conference championship in last year’s conference tournament as Fresno State staved off two elimination games to win the tournament title for the fourth consecutive season. Sacramento State visits Louisiana Tech while San Jose State head to Reno to face Nevada.
1. New Mexico State (34-12-1, 13-2-1)
2. Fresno State (26-20, 7-5)
3. Nevada (24-17-1, 5-6-1)
T4. San Jose State (17-26, 5-7)
T4. Sacramento State (16-25-1, 5-7)
T6. Hawai’i (23-22, 6-10)
T6. Louisiana Tech (21-22, 6-10)
SERIES OF THE WEEK
New Mexico State (35-12-1, 13-2-1) vs. Fresno State (26-20, 7-5)
Presley Askew Field, Las Cruces, N.M.