Mavs draw Mines in first round
CMU brings five-game winning streak into RMAC tourney
Colorado Mesa will face the Colorado School of Mines in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Suplizio Field.
The Mavericks (41-7, 35-3 RMAC), who won the RMAC regular season title, enter the tournament on a five-game winning streak, including a series sweep of Mines (21-25) last weekend.
Mesa rallied to defeat Mines 4-3 in extra innings in the series finale Saturday.
CSU-Pueblo (28-19) finished second in the RMAC and is the No. 2 seed. The ThunderWolves play No. 5 seed Metro State (20-25) at noon Wednesday. New Mexico Highlands (28-22) is the No. 3 seed and plays No. 4 seed Regis (26-16) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The double-elimination tournament continues through Saturday.
The RMAC tournament champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA South Central Region tournament.
St. Edward’s (Texas) University is in first place after the first day of the NCAA Division II Super Region 4 women’s golf tournament at Tiara Rado Golf Course.
The top-seeded Hilltoppers have a team score of 307, six strokes ahead of Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University. Dallas Baptist (Texas) is third with 315, and Tarleton State (Texas) is fourth with 316.
CSU-Pueblo’s Hee-Leina Kim, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s golfer of the year and freshman of the year, is tied for first with a 3-over-par 74. She is the lone RMAC representative in the tournament.
Kim is tied with California State-Monterey Bay’s Arinda Bhanaraksa and St. Edward’s Haley Haught.
Tarleton State’s Sarah Fulfer and Academy of Art’s Crystal Faith Superal are tied for fourth, two strokes back of the leaders.
The tournament continues today and Tuesday at Tiara Rado Golf Course.
The top three teams and three individuals not on the top three teams advance to the NCAA National Championships, which is May 15–18 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Colorado School of Mines defeated Adams State 1-0 on Sunday in Golden to win the RMAC tournament title and clinch an NCAA tournament berth.
Molly Thiebaut singled with two on to drive in the game’s only run in the fourth inning.
Mines pitcher Kelly Unkrich, the tournament’s MVP, pitched a complete game shutout. She allowed four hits and struck out four. Unkrich pitched every inning of all four games for the Orediggers (40-5-1).
Adams State (24-18) advanced to the tournament championship with a 3-1 victory over the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (26-20-1) earlier Sunday.
The NCAA will announce NCAA tourney qualifiers today.
TRACK & FIELD
The RMAC tournament began with some events in the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon Sunday. Most of the events take place today and Tuesday in Golden.