Nevada baseball picked third in preseason poll; three players on All-MW team

Jaylon McLaughlin
Jaylon McLaughlin was picked to the preseason All-Mountain West team. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

The Nevada baseball team was picked to finish third in the Mountain West preseason poll with three Wolf Pack players making the all-conference team.

Senior outfielder Jaylon McLaughlin, senior first basemen Dillan Shrum and junior third basemen Joshua Zamora each made the preseason team, which ties rival UNLV for the most honorees from a school.

Nevada was picked to finish third in the conference, with San Diego State garnering four first-place votes as the favorite and Fresno State finishing above Nevada in second and tying the Wolf Pack with two first-place votes.

McLaughlin enjoyed a breakout campaign for Nevada in 2019, leading the team with a .339 batting average while being named first-team All-MW. McLaughlin was drafted after the season but opted to return for his senior season.

Shrum has been one of most consistent players for the Wolf Pack over the past three seasons as Nevada’s primary first baseman. He blasted 10 home runs last season to tie for the team lead despite a shortened season due to injury.

Zamora is a preseason All-MW honor for the second straight season. He was named second-team All-MW last year after batting .320 with eight homers and a team-high 38 RBIs. He finished the season on an eight-game hitting streak and was named to the All-MW Tournament team.

Nevada’s season begins Friday at Portland in a four-game series.

MW preseason poll

1. San Diego State (4) 46

2. Fresno State (2) 42

3. Nevada (2) 38

4. UNLV 34

5. New Mexico 23

6. Air Force 17

6t. San Jose State 17

8. Boise State 7

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