Colorado Mesa's closer-turned-starter Will Dixon pitched the game of his collegiate career Thursday, throwing a complete game shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Central Missouri Mules in the NCAA Baseball Championships in Cary, North Carolina.
The Mavericks, with the victory, return to the National Title game for the first time since 2014.
Dixon muscled through all 9.0 innings in a Herculean effort Thursday, throwing four strikeouts on 103 pitches, allowing no earned runs and only seven hits in his first career start. The senior received the only run support of the game in the 7th inning, when Trevin Reynolds hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Spencer Bramwell.
The Mules took game 1 of the semifinals Thursday morning, 7-5. The Mavericks left 12 runners on base as JR McDermott (8-1) lost his first game of the season. McDermott pitched 3.1 innings, surrendering four earned runs and six hits. The Mules pushed their lead to 6-1 in the 6th inning from a Josh Schumacher single.
With the afternoon victory, CMU advances to play Tampa in the NCAA Div. II National Championship game. The Mavs, having already lost in the World Series, will need to defeat the Spartans twice to be named champs. If the Spartans win game 1, they will win the title. The first game of the championship is slated for Saturday, June 8th at 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time from the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, NC.