In a showdown between the top two Mountain West teams according to the RPI, Brigham Young broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning and held off San Diego State 4-2 in Provo. Also Thursday, UNLV picked up a road win over Utah, defeating the Utes 8-4.
It's been a difficult week for Utah, which not only fell out of a first-place tie in the MWC standings, but also suffered a 12-2 (five innings) loss on Tuesday to Utah State of the WAC.
BYU holds a 1-game lead over the Utes and a game and a half lead over the Aztecs in the conference standings. In the aforementioned RPI, the Cougars were 43rd, while San Diego State was 37th entering the week. Utah was No. 76, followed by New Mexico (99), UNLV (114) and Colorado State (211).
The Rams' ratings is their worst since the inception of the RPI as a tool in the sport of softball. Last season, Colorado State finished 90th.