Mesa’s Maihi selected first-team All-America

Colorado Mesa University junior Courtney Maihi pitches during a game earlier this season against Western New Mexico. Maihi, who led the Mavericks in victories this season, was selected Wednesday as a first-team All-America designated player by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Daktronics.



Courtney Maihi did it all for the Colorado Mesa University softball team this season.

Opposing coaches and sports information directors couldn’t help but take notice.

The junior from Hamilton, New Zealand, was selected a first-team All-America designated player by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Daktronics on Wednesday.

“When I told her, she said, ‘Yeah, so what does that mean?’” CMU coach Kris Mort said.

Maihi is the first Mesa softball player to earn All-America honors since Jennee West made the third team in 2002, and was the only Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player to earn All-America first-team honors this season.

“I anticipated Courtney would be more pitching dominant, but she turned out to be more dominant hitting,” Mort said. “It’s more fitting having her selected for her hitting prowess since we’ve been known for hitting.

“She was a team hitter that hit in the clutch. She’s got great speed as a base runner. I was pleasantly surprised she made first team. Usually, you’ve got to get deep in postseason play.”

Maihi ranked second overall in NCAA Division II in RBI (68), led the team with a .444 batting average and finished the season with a team high, 15 home runs, 63 hits and 46 runs. She was 12 for 12 on stolen bases and led the team with a .534 on-base percentage.

In the pitching circle, Maihi (13-13) led the team in victories and finished the season with 26 starts, 31 appearances and a team-high 168 innings pitched.

Maihi graduated last week, but has a year of eligibility remaining if she wants to go to graduate school at Colorado Mesa.

Colorado Christian sophomore outfielder Hannah Rapoport made the NFCA All-America first team and the Daktronics second team.

Adams State junior outfielder Katelyn Lovato made the NFCA and Daktronics second team, and Adams State senior third baseman Rebecca Lindquist made the Daktronics second team.

The Mavericks reached their eighth NCAA Division II regional tournament in Mort’s 19th and final season.

Baseball

Colorado Mesa senior Dustin Fackrell made the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Central Region team and received the ABCA Central Region Gold Glove at first base.

Fackrell was one of five Mavericks to make the ABCA All-Central Region team and one of four Mesa players to receive a Gold Glove.

Senior outfielder Jeff Popick and senior pitcher Jared Christensen made the All-Region first team. Senior relief pitcher Derek Benham and junior shortstop Braden Box made the second team.

Christensen made the All-Central Region Gold Glove second team along with junior third baseman Colton Little and sophomore catcher Colton Schoelkopf.

All-Sports Cup

Colorado Mesa placed sixth in the RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup final standings.

The Mavericks were led by the baseball team’s RMAC regular-season title.

The cup is awarded to the institution that accumulates the most points over the year based on its teams’ outcome in the RMAC’s four core sports, along with six wildcard sports. The core sports are football or men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball.

Total RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup points are calculated based on how the teams finish in the RMAC regular-season standings.

Colorado School of Mines won the cup by less than three points over the University of Nebraska-Kearney, which is moving to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 2012–13. The Lopers won the cup a record 14 times.


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