San Jose, Calif. – For the second year in a row, there are predicted to be the top-three and then everyone else in Mountain West softball. The head coaches of the nine softball-playing schools in the Mountain West were polled and it was announced on Tuesday morning and Fresno State, San Diego State and San José State was selected to finish in the top-three places. This is the same order of finish as last season’s preseason coaches' poll.
Fresno State was picked to win the 2017 Mountain West softball title after receiving four first-place votes and 59 total points. San Diego State was second with 57 points and three first-place votes. SJSU received the other two first-place votes and is third with 55 points.
Utah State is fourth with 33 points, followed by Nevada that received 32 points. Colorado State and UNLV (27 points) tied for sixth place, New Mexico (26) and Boise State (8) round out the poll.
With just four points separating the top three teams, it is the narrowest margin to start a season in the Spartans four years in the league. In addition, the 22-point spread between third place (SJSU with 55 points) and fourth place (Utah State with 33 points) is the largest in the same time frame.
San José State completed the 2016 season with an overall record of 28-24, 17-7 in Mountain West action and in second place in the conference standings.
The Spartans open the 2017 season on Thursday, February 9, in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The team will play six games over three days starting on Thursday with two contests, Creighton at 3:00 p.m. and Western Michigan at 6:00 p.m.
2017 Mountain West Preseason Coaches' Poll
|Rank||Team (1st place votes)||Points|
|1||Fresno State (4)||59|
|2||San Diego State (3)||57|
|3||San José State (2)||55|