The CMU baseball team faces a tough field of teams in the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament this week.
Including CMU, four out of the six teams are top 25 nationally ranked teams, according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll. The two-seed Mavs draw five-seed St. Edward's in the first round. The Hilltoppers are a familiar foe for Mesa. The Mavs sent them home in both 2014 and 2015. Despite not being a ranked team, the St. Edward's come into this tournament with a full head of steam. They won eight straight games including the Heartland Conference Tournament Championship.
"I think for us it's a really tough first round draw," said Head Coach Chris Hanks. "They're a talented team, they're going to pitch it, we know that. They have a good number one and I think it'll be a dog fight."
"We try to look at the important stuff, but not dig too much into it," said senior Kyle Serrano. "All those teams are going to be the same. They're going to have some good arms, they're going to have some good bats, they're going to be able to swing it. Aside from some little things like which guys are runners, which guys out of the bullpen they have, we just focus on ourselves, focus on our approach."
The game is at 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon in San Angelo, Texas. The tournament is double elimination.