The Colorado Mesa baseball squad remembers how close they came to a College World Series win in 2017.
They're using that constant reminder as fuel for the upcoming season.
The Mavs start the year on the road, heading to California to play the UC-San Diego Tritons on Friday. The Tritons are ranked 7th in the country and were the 2017 national runners up in Division 2. The Mavericks were also in the hunt for the World Series last year, eventually losing in a 10 inning heartbreaker to St. Thomas Aquinas in the semifinals.
The Mavs are ready for the fresh slate, but want to use their tough opponent in the season opener to make a statement.
"I think that everyone's kind of on the same page," senior infielder Garrett Ball said. "In order for this year to be successful, we gotta go out and take care of business. We need to accomplish what we didn't accomplish last year."
Mesa returns a lot of depth from last year's team. There are 10 seniors on the roster from last year's 50-12 campaign.
"We expect to dominate every team," starting pitcher Kyle Leahy said. "That's the mindset we have to have. We have to be confident in ourselves. We have a lot of guys returning, guys from previous years, from my freshman year are back. We're excited, we're ready to play somebody else and show what we can do."
The Mavericks play UCSD Friday at 2pm to open the season. They'll play the Concordia Eagles in the second game of the doubleheader at 7pm.