Mavs’ Popick gets tryout with Rockies

It’s been a wild couple of days for Jeff Popick, but it couldn’t be much more exciting.

The Colorado Mesa University senior outfielder made the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America team and more excitingly, got a call from the Colorado Rockies for a pre-draft tryout.

“It’s exciting,” Popick told the Daily Sentinel on Saturday. “It would be a dream come true if they draft me.”

Popick, who grew up in Denver, will have a tryout Tuesday with the Rockies scouts. If the Rockies like what they see, they could draft him in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft June 4-6.

If Popick is drafted by the Rockies, he could potentially get his pro start where his collegiate career ended — at Suplizio Field — with the Grand Junction Rockies.

Popick got the call from the Rockies a couple of days before his cell phone was stolen out of his vehicle parked near the Bergman Field complex. He’s had his phone replaced, and is getting interest from other teams.

Popick said other teams have called, but haven’t asked him to come to a tryout.

He was selected to the Daktronics All-America first team by sports information directors from Division II institutions. Popick hit .424 with 17 doubles, seven home runs and 65 RBI. He was the RMAC co-player of the year and was one of 55 semifinalists for the Tino Martinez award, given to the top Division II baseball player in the nation. He did not make the final six.

Junior shortstop Braden Box made the second team. He hit .395 with 73 hits and finished second in the Central Region with 30 stolen bases.

Popick and Box are the fifth and sixth players from Mesa to make the Daktronics All-America team.

Men’s & Women’s Tennis

Colorado Mesa senior Kelleen Sera is the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central women’s Senior of the Year and coach Dan MacDonald received the Central Region Women’s Coach of the Year award.

The Mavericks advanced to the NCAA Division II national championships for the second consecutive year after upsetting top seed Augustana (S.D.) College in the Central Regional. Sera was 15-14 at No. 1 singles for the Mavericks.

Mesa freshman Jordan Lyden was chosen the Central Region men’s Rookie player of the year and Andres Hernandez received the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award.

Women’s Golf

Colorado Mesa’s Jennifer Hilts made the National Golf Coaches Association All-Central Region team.

The senior tied for first place in the NCAA Central Region tournament to led the Mavericks to the team’s first NCAA Division II National Championships. The Mavs finished 11th.

She placed 58th at nationals.


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