The #1 Colorado Mesa baseball team isn’t shy about their intentions for the 2019 season: a national championship or bust.
Monday at practice at CMU’s Bergman Field, players exited their clubhouse next to a wall littered with RMAC titles and NCAA accomplishments. In the biggest font, a pennant declaring the Mavs 2014 National Runners-Up. Despite Mesa’s decades-long pedigree, the lack of a national title becomes more glaring by the year.
This season, the guys know their goal.
“[The season] has been a blast, and hitting home runs is fun. But winning games, winning our conference, and going to super regionals is even better than that,” Colorado Mesa sophomore Jordan Stubbings said.
“One thing that’s on our mind is winning a national championship. It’s not about who gets drafted, it’s about winning a national championship for the program, and doing it as a team.”
In their final series of the regular season against Dixie State, the Mavs clinched their 8th straight RMAC regular season title. With a 41-9 record heading into the postseason, CMU is one of the favorites to emerge from the South Central Regional.
But first, there’s unsettled business within the conference. The Mavericks, courtesy of their conference crown, will host the RMAC Tournament this week. They will play CSU-Pueblo in the first game of the tourney. The Mavs and Thunderwolves split from Pueblo in their only four-game series of the season. Their opening-round game will be May 8th at 3:00 p.m. from Suplizio Field.
“At the end of the day in the conference tournament, everything is fighting for their life to continue in the postseason,” Mavericks head coach Chris Hanks said. “So have to expect everyone’s best.”