CMU women’s hoops team boasts nation’s eighth best GPA

Colorado Mesa University’s women’s basketball team did more than make history on the court.

The Mavericks posted the eighth best team grade-point average (3.525) in all of NCAA Division II, according to a news release Thursday from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Colorado Mesa won its first regional title and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite 8 for first time in school history in March.

“That’s quite an accomplishment,” CMU women’s coach Taylor Wagner said of making the NCAA Elite 8 and the top 10 academically. “You don’t see that too many times. We talked about it early in the year. It is nice to see hard work pay off.”

The Mavericks had the highest GPA of the Elite 8 teams. Michigan Technological University, which made the Elite 8, finished ninth with a 3.524 GPA. National champion Ashland (Ohio) University was 11th with a 3.517 GPA.

Ohio Dominican University posted the highest GPA (3.699). Seton Hill (Pa.) University was second (3.646).

Romo makes history

Former Colorado Mesa baseball pitcher Sergio Romo made Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference history this week.

Romo became the first former RMAC baseball student-athlete to be selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

“I texted him and told him, ‘Good job!’ ” Mesa coach Chris Hanks said. “We’re proud of him. What an accomplishment! He’s an established pitcher and makes the All-Star team.”

The San Francisco Giants relief pitcher was a replacement for Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who was unavailable for the game. Romo has 21 saves, a 2.86 ERA and a 38/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 38 appearances this season.

Romo, pitching for then-Mesa State College, set single-season records for innings pitched, ERA, strikeouts, wins and fewest walks per nine innings in 2005, his one season as a Maverick. He also set the Mavs’ mark for career ERA.

His 2.46 ERA that season was the best of any RMAC pitcher with more than 120 innings. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association selected him to its All-America team.

Romo was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 28th round of the 2005 draft. He pitched three scoreless innings to earn three saves to help the Giants win the 2012 World Series title.

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