CMU softball team 4th in region
Colorado Mesa’s softball and baseball teams are inching closer to securing RMAC regular-season championships, and Wednesday, the Maverick softball team learned it is No. 4 in the NCAA South Central Region rankings, which determines the Division II playoffs.
Mesa (35-5, 28-3 RMAC) has a three-game lead in the loss column over Metro State (34-13, 26-6) with eight games to play. The Roadrunners play at third-place Colorado School of Mines this weekend, with the Mavericks taking their final road trip of the regular season to Colorado Christian, which is fifth in the conference.
The baseball team (30-8, 22-2) has a whopping nine-game lead in the loss column over Regis (24-15, 17-11) after the Mavericks swept the Rangers last weekend, with 12 games remaining.
Regular-season champions in both sports are determined by final conference winning percentages because weather often causes teams to play an unequal number of games. The RMAC champions host their respective conference championship tournaments, with softball’s eight-team tournament May 4-6 and baseball’s six-team tournament May 10-13.
The NCAA splits the softball regionals, with two four-team regionals, with each regional winner advancing to a super-regional series to qualify for the Elite Eight. The Mavericks lost to West Texas A&M in last season’s regional championship. The Buffs (34-7) are ranked No. 2 in the region, behind Angelo State (44-4), with St. Mary’s (33-10) third. Metro State is No. 10 in the region.
The baseball regional rankings begin next week, with the No. 11 Mavericks expected to be among the top teams, but Angelo State (29-8) is No. 10 in the nation, Lubbock Christian (29-10) No. 16 and West Texas A&M (27-9) No. 18.
Both the baseball and softball teams had pitchers selected Wednesday as the RMAC Academic players of the year. Sophomore Kyle Leahy (8-0, 0.90 ERA) has a 4.0 grade-point average in kinesiology to lead the all-academic baseball team, with sophomore McKenzie Surface (19-4, 1.95 ERA) the softball academic player of the year with a 3.9 GPA in psychology.
Also on the baseball team are senior catcher Kyle Serrano (3.97, business), senior outfielder PJ Gonzalez (3.85, kinesiology), sophomore outfielder Bligh Madris (3.43 kinesiology). On the softball academic team are junior outfielder Brooke Hodgson (3.44, exercise science) and junior infielder Kaila Jacobi (3.88, exercise science).
Give Katrina Selsor the assist for the newest member of the CMU women’s basketball team.
The All-America forward, who led the Mavericks to the 2013 NCAA Division II Elite Eight, helped coach 5-foot-9 guard Daniella Turner, at St. Andrews School in Boca Raton, Florida, and recommended Turner to her former coach, Taylor Wagner.
“We are very excited to have Daniella in our program. She gives us another guard that is athletic and has some size. I really like that Daniella does so many different things well, she will be a perfect fit for our program,” Wagner said in a release announcing her signing.
Turner averaged 20.5 points and 3.4 rebounds a game her senior year, scoring more than 1,000 career points, including a school-record 47 this past season in an 84-40 victory over North Broward Prep.
Turner was a McDonald’s All-America nominee this past winter.
It’s been quite a week for Nicole Rooney, tied for third Tuesday in the Maverick Spring Invitational at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, making the Mavericks’ lineup for the RMAC championships next week. Wednesday, she was selected the RMAC golfer of the week after shooting 73-77—150.
The 73 was 10 strokes better than her top round this season prior to Monday.