Mesa women finish year ranked 8th

Colorado Mesa finished the season ranked eighth in the USA Today/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association national rankings.

The Mavericks (31-2) lost to national runner-up Dowling (N.Y.) College in the quarterfinals of the women’s Division II Elite Eight last week.

Ashland University (37-1), which won the national title 71-56 over Dowling, is No. 1 in the final poll, with the Golden Lions (30-4) No. 2.

Western Washington was third, followed by Augustana (S.D.), Clayton State (Ga.), Gannon (Pa.) and Bentley (Mass.).

The other Elite Eight team, Nova Southeastern (Fla.) finished the season ranked No. 12.

Baseball

Colton Little had a breakout weekend for the Colorado Mesa baseball team in the Mavericks’ four-game RMAC sweep of Adams State and was selected the conference player of the week.

The senior third baseman from Westminster hit .709 (12 for 17) with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBI. He also scored 10 runs and raised his batting average more than 100 points to .370.

He went 4 for 4 in the series opener and 4 for 6 in the final game of the weekend.

The sixth-ranked Mavericks (23-5, 17-1 RMAC) return home this weekend to play rival CSU-Pueblo in a four-game series starting at 6 p.m. on Friday at Suplizio Field. It is CMU’s annual Game of Hope, with a portion of ticket sales donated to the American Cancer Society.

The ThunderWolves (15-12, 11-7) lead the Plains Division of the RMAC, with the Mavericks leading the Mountain Division.

Wrestling

Six Colorado Mesa wrestlers were selected to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic team.

Seniors Jon Gappmaier and Tyler Nelson made the first team. Gappmaier has a 3.46 grade-point average in business. Nelson made the first team with a 3.60 GPA in mathematics.

Redshirt freshman Mitch Wyatt made the second team with a 3.88 GPA in exercise science.

Jared Cass (3.31, sports management), Trevor Donarski (3.59, exercise science) and Telbe Storbeck (3.53, political science) made the honor roll.

To qualify for Academic All-RMAC, student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.30 or better, be a starter or reserve, and completed two consecutive semesters or three quarters at their current institution.


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