Mavericks still No. 1 in regional baseball poll

Colorado Mesa’s baseball team held on to the top spot in the NCAA Division II South Central Region poll released Wednesday.

The ninth-ranked Mavericks (34-9) would host the South Central Region tournament May 15-18 if they remain No. 1 in the region. The NCAA selection show is May 11.

West Texas A&M (32-15) is second, Texas A&M-Kingsville (33-14) is third, New Mexico Highlands (28-17) is fourth, St. Edward’s (34-12) is fifth and St. Mary’s (Texas) is sixth.

Mesa won three of four games on the road at Regis last weekend. The Mavs conclude the regular season with a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday at the Colorado School of Mines.

Mesa needs one win to clinch the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season title and host the RMAC tournament May 8-10 at Suplizio Field.

Academic Awards

Nineteen Colorado Mesa athletes were selected to the RMAC All-Academic team in women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis.

Colorado Mesa women’s lacrosse player Ashley Eickhoff was selected the RMAC Academic Player of the Year. The sophomore made the first team with a 3.85 grade point average in nursing.

Teammates Niki Barban (3.80, nursing), Lexie Chavez (3.59, criminal justice), Kady Herzog (3.39, kinesiology), Keri Kopchik (3.54, kinesiology), Coryann Ledford (4.00, kinesiology), Megan Lynch (4.00, accounting) and Madison Spor (3.79, kinesiology) made the honor roll.

Women’s tennis players Kaylee Davis (3.91, biology) and Shannen McNamara (3.67, biology) made the first team. Emily Dodson (3.79, nursing), Rachel McLaughlin (3.68, biology), Katie Metz (3.61, business) and Kristyn Wykert (3.90, business) were selected to the honor roll.

Men’s tennis player Jordan Lyden made the first team with a 3.69 GPA in business. Andres Garcia-Rojas made the honor roll (3.53, undecided).

Christopher Aiken (3.67, finance) and Adam Griffith (3.37, hospitality) made the men’s golf honor roll. Zoe Woodworth (3.45, undecided) made the women’s golf honor roll.

National Award

Jordan Liester’s performance last weekend garnered him another award — the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Player of the Week.

The senior designated hitter was 10 for 16 (.625) with 10 runs, one double, one triple, three home runs and 10 RBI. He had an on-base percentage of .700.


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