Critical Games for Mavs Baseball This Weekend
The regular season wraps up this weekend for the CMU Baseball Mavericks, but now it's the "second" season - that has the minds and attention of the Mavericks. The RMAC Tournament is next week in Grand Junction, and after that will be the NCAA Regional Tournament.
That doesn't mean the Mavericks are looking past the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers. Even thought the Mavericks have wrapped up the regular season title and secured the #1 seed in the RMAC tournament, every single game they play from here on out is critical. Here's why.
Last week, the Mavericks (37-7, 31-3 RMAC) were ranked #1 in the South Central Region. After winning three of four games last weekend against Regis, they dropped to #2 in the region behind Texas A & M Kingsville, who's record within the region is just 25-15. The importance of securing the #1 seed in the region is the opportunity to play that tournament at home. A lot of criteria are factored in when determining the regional rankings. But, a big part of it certainly has to do with the quality of the opponents you play - whether you win or lose.
So while the Mavericks have a chance to get that #1 seed in the region, the focus remains on winning ball games, because that's the only way it's going to happen, and it's the only thing they can control. Mavericks Head Coach Chris Hanks says the goal remains the same against the Orediggers. "We want to win the series and we want to sharpen our ball club,and find a way to improve, and by the end of the weekend be a better team than when we came into the weekend."
The Mavericks have not lost a series this season since the opener against UC San Diego. Colorado Mines handed the Mavericks one of their three conference losses back in March.
The Mavericks and the Orediggers will play double header today beginning at 3:30 at Suplizio Field, and a double header on Saturday beginning at 1:00. You can hear game two of today's double header at about 6:30 on AM 1230 KEXO and also on line.