Baseball Favored For Fourth Straight Title

Feb. 10, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas - After claiming the regular season and tournament crowns each of the last three seasons, TCU has once again been picked to win the regular season Mountain West Conference baseball champions. In a vote of the seven MWC head coaches and a select media panel, the Horned Frogs received nine of a possible 11 first-place votes and 75 points, while San Diego State (one first-place nod) received 56 points to finish second in the poll. In addition, four Horned Frogs were named to the preseason all-conference team.

New Mexico tallied 52 points for a third-place standing in the poll, while BYU (47 points) was fourth, Utah (31 points) fifth, UNLV (30 points) sixth and Air Force (14 points) seventh.

TCU and New Mexcio placed four players on the preseason all-MWC team, followed by one each from Air Force, BYU, San Diego State, Utah and UNLV.

TCU returns six all-conference performer's from last year's NCAA Tournament squad, including 2009 preseason all-MWC selections Ben Carruthers (Sr., 2B), Matt Carpenter (Sr., 3B), Chris Ellington (Sr., OF) and Tyler Lockwood (Jr., SP). The Horned Frogs were 44-19 overall last season (19-5 MWC) and captured their third consecutive MWC postseason tournament title.

The Frogs open the season at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. (CST).

2009 MWC PRESEASON POLL (selected by MWC head coaches and select media)

Rk. Team (1st place votes) Points
1. TCU (9) 60
2. San Deigo State (1) 56
3. New Mexico (1) 52
4. BYU 47
5. Utah 31
6. UNLV 30
7. Air Force 14

2009 MWC PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (selected by MWC head coaches and select media)

Pos. Name, Class Institution
C Rafael Neda, So. UNM 1B Kevin Atkinson, Sr. UNM
2B Ben Carruthers, Sr. TCU
2B Mike Brownstein, Sr. UNM
3B Matt Carpenter, Sr. TCU
SS Michael Beltran, So. Utah
OF Sean McNaughton, Jr. BYU
OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Sr. UNM
OF Chris Ellington, Sr. TCU
P Stephen Strasburg, Jr. SDSU
P Tyler Lockwood, Jr. TCU
UT/DH Matt Alexander, Jr. AFA
UT/DH Jesse Wight, Sr. UNLV -tcu-



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