San Jose, Calif. - The head coaches of the nine softball-playing schools in the Mountain West were polled and it was announced on Monday that San Diego State and San José State was selected to finish in the top two spots. This is the third year in a row that SDSU and SJSU own two of the top three spots in the preseason poll.
"It's always nice to have that respect as a program and to be picked high in the preseason poll," head coach Peter Turner said. "We now have to prove it on the field like we did last year in winning the Mountain West Championship."
The Spartans, who won the 2017 Mountain West Softball championship, received two first place votes, 57 points and are predicted to finish second. San Diego State is picked to win the 2018 Mountain West softball title after garnering seven first-place votes and 63 total points.
Fresno State received 44 points and slots into third place. Utah State is fourth with 43 points, followed by Nevada with 37 points. Colorado State (30 points) and Boise State (27 points) are in sixth and seventh places and UNLV (14 points) and New Mexico (9 points) round out the poll.
San José State completed the 2017 season with a record of 39-17 overall, 16-8 in Mountain West action. They then earned the program's first postseason victory, a 3-0 win over Cal State Fullerton in the Los Angeles Regional of the NCAA Softball Championship.
The Spartans open the defense of their 2017 Mountain West Softball Championship on Thursday, February 8, in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. SJSU will play six games over four days starting on Thursday with games against South Dakota at 4:45 p.m. and Missouri at 7:15 p.m.
2018 Mountain West Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll
|Team (1st place votes)||Points|
|1.||San Diego State (7)||63|
|2.||San José State (2)||57|