The Fresno State baseball team was picked to finish fifth in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll.
The Bulldogs, who last year finished 28-29 overall and 13-17 in conference for fifth place, received just one first-place vote by a Mountain West coach. In addition, junior catcher Taylor Ward was named to a preseason all-conference team selection. Coaches could not vote for their own team or players.
New Mexico, the defending co-champion, was the preseason favorite to win the Mountain West. The 2014 Mountain West Tournament champion San Diego State was picked second with UNLV, the other regular-season co-champ, and Nevada rounding out the next two spots. Air Force was picked to finish sixth and San Jose State last.
Fresno State returns 23 players from its 2014 roster and brings in a conference-low nine newcomers to the 2015 squad. The Bulldogs open the season against 2014 College World Series participant UC Irvine, at 6:35 p.m. Friday at Beiden Field.
2015 MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES PRESEASON POLL
Team Rank (1st-place votes) Points
1. New Mexico (3) - 30
2. San Diego State - 28
T-3. UNLV (2) - 25
T-3. Nevada (1) - 25
5. Fresno State (1) - 22
6. Air Force - 10
7. San José State - 7
2015 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Position - Name, Cl. (Institution)
C - Taylor Ward, Jr. (Fresno State)
1B - Austin Byler, Sr. (Nevada)
2B - Sam Haggerty, Jr. (New Mexico)
3B - Ty France, Jr. (San Diego State)
SS - Jared Holley, Jr. (New Mexico)
OF - Tyler Jones, So. (Air Force)
OF - Kewby Meyer, Sr. (Nevada)
OF - Joey Armstrong, Jr. (UNLV)
UT/DH - Trenton Brooks, So. (Nevada)
UT/DH - Danny Collier, So. (New Mexico)
P - Bubba Derby, Jr. (San Diego State)
P - Kalei Contrades, Sr. (San Jose State)