Monday, February 28, 2011

Mountain West weekend in review

It wasn't a great weekend for the Mountain West Conference, but a huge factor was the high level of competition, particularly for Brigham Young, San Diego State and Utah, all of whom competed at the prestigious Cathedral City Classic.

Marquee opponents, ranked competition and high-caliber games were the rule of the weekend in Cathedral City and many national powers had trouble. The 34-team tournament included seven of the eight teams that reached Oklahoma City last year, 10 of the 16 Super Regional teams and 24 teams that advanced to last season's NCAA Tournament.

Brigham Young
The Cougars went 1-4 in Cathedral City, defeating Ohio State 5-1 for their only win. BYU came up on the short end of games against Florida State (6-4), Virginia (9-3), No. 18 Nebraska (4-3) and No. 8 Tennessee (4-1).

San Diego State
The Aztecs' brutal schedule continued and they went 1-4 in Cathedral City, defeating Florida State in an impressive 10-2 (five innings) win. San Diego State's losses came to Morgan Melloh and Indiana (3-2 in eight innings), No. 8 Tennessee (11-3 in six innings), No. 4 Florida (4-2) and No. 1 Arizona (5-0).

The Utes went 1-5 in Cathedral City, with the lone win coming via run rule (10-0 in five innings over Nevada). Utah fell to Virginia (4-2), Long Beach State (5-1 in eight innings), Syracuse (4-3 in eight innings), No. 4 Florida (7-3) and UC Santa Barbara (4-2).

New Mexico
The Lobos went 3-0 against Northern Colorado. UNM beat the Bears in a 3-game series by scores of 11-3 (six innings), 11-8 and 1-0 (eight innings).

The Rebels went 2-1 at the rain-shortened Amy S. Harrison Classic in Riverside. UNLV beat Boise State 9-0 and UC Riverside 10-2, but fell to Cal State Northridge 4-3.

Colorado State
The Rams went 1-4 against a competitive slate at the Stanford Nike Invitational. Colorado State defeated UC Davis 11-6 for its only win of the weekend. The Rams fell 7-0 to Kentucky, 11-3 in six innings to North Dakota State, 16-2 (five innings) to Stanford and 4-3 in eight innings to Memphis.