Two-time defending Mountain West softball champion San Diego State has been picked to win the 2014 title over Fresno State in a preseason poll of the conference's nine coaches.
The Aztecs collected seven first-place votes and 63 total points in the poll released Tuesday, with the Bulldogs second with 56 points and two firsts.
Fresno State opens Friday when it faces No. 8 Oregon at 1:30 p.m. and North Carolina State at 4 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Boise State is third with 42 points. Colorado State and conference newcomer San Jose State tied for fourth with 38.
San Diego State, also opening at the tournament in Arizona, and Fresno State both return seven starters in the field from last season. Aztecs junior utility player, Hayley Miles is the only one from the Mountain West named to the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List.
Fresno State has four players back who earned all-conference honors last season: senior infielder Vonnie Martin, junior outfielder Brenna Moss, sophomore pitcher Jill Compton and sophomore catcher Paige Gumz.
Senior infielder Brooke Ortiz, knocked out early last year by a season-ending knee injury, was an All-WAC choice in 2011.
2014 PRESEASON SOFTBALL COACHES' POLL
The Mountain West Conference preseason coaches poll, with predicted order of finish, first place votes in parentheses and total points:
1. San Diego State (7) 63
2. Fresno State (2) 56
3. Boise State 42
4. tie, Colorado State 38
4. tie, San Jose State 38
6. Nevada 36
7. UNLV 27
8. New Mexico 13
9. Utah State 11