Carlson, Pacheco Named To Preseason All-MWC Team
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/25/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 25, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The honors continue to roll in for junior Chris Carlson and sophomore Jordan Pacheco as both were named on the All-Mountain West Conference Preseason team today as selected by the coaches in the MWC and select media. Both were tabbed Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans last month.

Despite returning seven starters (10 letterwinners overall) and finishing fourth last year, the Lobos were picked to finish fifth out of seven teams in the conference. In its first year of competition in the MWC, TCU has been picked to win the regular season championship. In a vote of the seven MWC head coaches and a select media panel, the Horned Frogs received 11 of a possible 13 first-place votes and 89 points, while San Diego State and UNLV (one first-place nod) each received 66 points to finish tied for second in the poll.

Junior DH Chris Carlson

BYU garnered the other first-place vote and tallied 64 points for a fourth-place standing in the poll, while New Mexico (36 points) was fifth, Utah (28 points) sixth and Air Force (15 points) seventh. SDSU placed four players on the preseason all-MWC team, followed by BYU, New Mexico and Utah with two each, and UNLV with one.

TCU, ranked as high as No. 19 in national preseason polls, returns seven starters from last year's NCAA Tournament squad, including NCBWA preseason second team All-American Chad Huffman (Jr., IF), 2005 all-Conference USA Freshman Team selections Matt McGuirk (So., OF) and Andrew Walker (So., C), as well as Sam Demel (So., RHP). The Horned Frogs were 41-20 overall last season (20-10 C-USA) and were co-champions at the Conference USA postseason tournament.

San Diego State returns six starters, including preseason all-league picks Jordan Swaydan (Sr., C), Lance Zawadski (Jr., SS), Quintin Berry (Jr., OF) and 2005 MWC Pitcher of the Year Bruce Billings (Sr., RHP). The Aztecs were 26-35 last season (17-13 MWC) finishing third in the regular season standings. UNLV won its third consecutive MWC Tournament crown last season, and will be led by preseason all-conference selection Ryan Bird (Sr., OF), 2005 All- MWC team member Mike Cruz (Sr., 3B) and Chris Bonnell (Jr., 1B). The Rebels return five starters from last year.

Sophomore 2B Jordan Pacheco

BYU returns five starters from last year's second-place MWC squad that finished 21-9 (39-19-1 overall), including preseason all-conference selections Ben Saylor (Sr., 1B) and Jeff Hiestand (Sr., OF). Utah returns 13 letterwinners, including 2005 All-MWC picks Jay Brossman (Jr., 3B) and Josh Cooper (Sr., RHP), from last year's squad that finished fifth in the MWC (10-20, 19-36 overall). Air Force has six starters back, including returning team batting leader Karl Bolt (Jr., 1B).

The regular season opens Feb. 1, with San Diego State playing the first of a four-game series at Hawaii. UNLV and Utah will also see action next week, with the Rebels in a three-game series at Pepperdine and the Utes at New Mexico State for a three-game tilt. The conference season begins April 6-7, with the MWC Championship scheduled for May 23-27 at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.

MWC Preseason Poll
(selected by MWC head coaches and select media)

Rk., Team (1st place votes), Points
1. TCU (11), 89
2. UNLV (1), 66
San Diego St., 66
4. BYU (1), 64
5. New Mexico, 36
6. Utah, 28
7. Air Force, 15

MWC Preseason All-Conference Team
(selected by MWC head coaches and select media)

Pos., Name, Class, Institution
C, Jordan Swaydan, Sr., San Diego State
1B, Ben Saylor, Sr., BYU
2B, Jordan Pacheco, So., New Mexico
3B, Jay Brossman, Jr., Utah
SS, Lance Zawadski, Jr., San Diego State
OF, Quintin Berry, Jr., San Diego State
OF, Ryan Bird, Sr., UNLV
OF, Jeff Hiestand, Sr., BYU
RHP, Bruce Billings, Jr., San Diego State
RHP, Josh Cooper, Sr., Utah
UT/DH, Chris Carlson, Jr., New Mexico