SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The San Diego State baseball team was picked for second place in the Mountain West Conference for 2013 in a preseason poll of the conference's six head coaches.
Defending MWC champion New Mexico has picked to win its second straight regular season MWC title after receiving five first-place votes. The Aztecs received one first-place vote. Rounding out the spots in the poll were MWC newcomers Nevada and Fresno State, followed by UNLV and Air Force.
The top four teams in the regular season advance to the MWC Tournament, which is being hosted by Fresno State. The tournament champion receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
SDSU junior second baseman Tim Zier was selected to the preseason all-MWC team. Zier is coming off a season in which he hit .318 with 11 doubles and 10 stolen bases.
SDSU opens the 2013 season with a three-game series against crosstown rival USD. The teams kick off the series Friday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Toreros' new Fowler Park. The Aztecs' home opener is Thursday, February 21, against sixth-ranked Oregon State at 6:00 p.m.