Saturday, May 10, 2014

Spartans beat Rams, eliminate Colorado State

Colorado State couldn't rally from a 3-run deficit in its resumed game Saturday morning in Fort Collins as San Jose State held on for the 9-6 victory.  The Spartans' win put an end to the Rams' title hopes, preventing them from winning a piece of the Mountain West title and the automatic NCAA bid.

There is still a chance for a 4-way title tie between Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State and UNLV as of 10 am Saturday morning.  The race for the Mountain West's automatic NCAA berth has come down to three teams -- Fresno State, San Diego State and UNLV.

The Bulldogs can put pressure on the Aztecs with a win today over Nevada (noon in Reno).  That would force San Diego State to defeat Boise State and sweep the 3-game series from the Broncos in order for the Aztecs to grab the conference's automatic NCAA bid.  A Fresno State win, combined with a San Diego State loss, gives the Bulldogs the automatic bid.  Fresno State holds the tiebreaker in both a 3-way tie with San Diego State and Boise State, or a 4-way tie with the Aztecs, Broncos and UNLV.

Also in the mix:  UNLV.  The Rebels' path to the title and automatic NCAA bid is through only one avenue now.  UNLV must defeat Utah State and have both Fresno State and San Diego State lose today.  That would create a 3-way tie for the title between Boise State, SDSU and the Rebels.  UNLV defeated both the Broncos and Aztecs in their season series, and would win the tiebreaker.