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December 18, 2007

Conference Previews: WAC and MWC

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The state of West Coast baseball is good.

The Pac-10 is in position to be the nation's best league this spring, while the Big West and WCC continue to improve.

The WAC and MWC hope to follow suit.

Fresno State leads the way in the WAC. The Bulldogs have recently become postseason regulars. They also welcome back one of the nation's most talented pitching staffs.

In the MWC, TCU hopes to rise to the occasion without several key players from last year's team. Despite their losses, the Horned Frogs are still expected to win the regular season title.

We preview the WAC and MWC.

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
WESTERN ATHLETIC
Rivals.com predicted order of finish
1. Fresno State
2. Nevada
3. Louisiana Tech
4. Hawaii
5. San Jose State
6. Sacramento State
7. New Mexico State


Preseason All-Conference team
1B. Shaun Kort, Nevada
2B. Erik Wetzel, Fresno State
3B. David Flores, Sacramento State
SS. Kyle Bellows, San Jose State
OF. Steve Susdorf, Fresno State
OF. Terry Walsh, Nevada
OF. Joseph Scaperotta, New Mexico State
C. Joe Leghorn, New Mexico State
SP. Tanner Scheppers, Fresno State
SP. Justin Wilson, Fresno State
SP. Matt Daly, Hawaii
RP. Brandon Burke, Fresno State
DH. Gabe Jacobo, Sacramento State
MOUNTAIN WEST
Rivals.com predicted order of finish
1. Texas Christian
2. Brigham Young
3. New Mexico
4. San Diego State
5. Utah
6. UNLV
7. Air Force

Preseason All-Conference team
1B. Kasey Ko, Brigham Young
2B. Corey Shimada, Utah
3B. Nick Romero, San Diego State
SS. Bryan Kervin, Texas Christian
OF. Clint Arnold, Texas Christian
OF. Matt Vern, Texas Christian
OF. Nate Burnham, Utah
C. Michael Brenly, UNLV
SP. Bobby LaFromboise, New Mexico
SP. Jake Wortham, Brigham Young
SP. Jacob Norton, New Mexico
RP. Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State
DH. Matt Hibbitts, New Mexico

Kendall Rogers is the college baseball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at rogersk@yahoo-inc.com.



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