May 25, 2004
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Four Lobos were named to the All-Mountain West baseball team, which was announced Tuesday night at the annual MWC awards banquet. Junior shortstop Josh Mader and senior designated hitter Joe Salas earned all-conference honors for the second straight year, while junior centerfielder Matt Young was named to the team for the second time in his career. Freshman first baseman Daniel Stovall also garnered conference honors.
Regular-season champion San Diego State headlined this year's all-conference squad with 10 selections. UNLV had five student-athletes on the all-conference team, while New Mexico and Utah each had four honorees and BYU had three. This year's team was made up of 14 seniors, six juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
Mader batted .391 in conference play with seven homers and 36 RBI. He earned first-team all-conference honors last season. Salas led the Lobos with 10 homers in league action to go along with 39 RBI and a .354 batting average. Salas, who made the team as a utility/designated hitter, was also 4-0 on the mound with four saves.
Young, who made the team as a freshman, returned to the all-conference team with an outstanding junior season in centerfield. Young batted .347 with two homers and 27 RBI, and also had an on-base percentage of .454 with five triples.
Stovall had an impressive first season in the MWC, batting .364 with eight homers and 25 RBI. Stovall was named the National Co-Hitter of the Week April 19 after his powerful performance at Air Force, which included 12 hits and three homers.
UNLV right fielder Eric Nielsen earned Player of the Year honors, while San Diego State righthander Scott Shoemaker was named Pitcher of the Year. Aztec skipper Tony Gwynn was selected as Coach of the Year.
The Mountain West Championship, a six-team, double-elimination tournament, begins Wednesday at UNLV's Earl E. Wilson Stadium. New Mexico, the No. 2 seed, received a first-round bye and will play its first game Thursday at 11 a.m. PT. The Lobos will play the highest remaining seed after Wednesday's action, which will be either No. 3 UNLV, No. 4 BYU or No. 5 Utah.
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