Breaking the mold

Catcher Erik Kozel is thriving as Mavericks' leadoff hitter

Erik Kozel is not your typical leadoff hitter. The Colorado Mesa catcher is one of the fastest players on the team and is hitting .372 on the season.



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Erik Kozel is not your typical leadoff hitter. The Colorado Mesa catcher is one of the fastest players on the team and is hitting .372 on the season.

Most baseball teams lead off with an outfielder or middle infielder. Colorado Mesa isn’t most teams this year. The Mavericks (41-7), who moved up to No. 2 in this week’s NCAA…




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