Colorado Mesa Moves Up To No. 2 In Latest Poll, Sweeps RMAC Honors
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-No. 2 Colorado Mesa jumped two spots in this week's national polls, ending the regular season tying their highest ranking in school history.
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference also released its All-Conference Team Wednesday afternoon. Colorado Mesa was well represented on the team and swept the RMAC's top honors.
Sophomore shortstop Nate Robertson was named the RMAC's Player of the Year. Robertson was a unanimous First Team selection and ranks fifth in the RMAC in batting average (.404) and is second with 20 stolen bases. He has also had 20 multi hit games this season. In the field, Robertson was also a unanimous gold glove selection with 134 assists and a fielding percentage of .958.
Senior pitcher Matt Williams was named the RMAC's Pitcher of the year after going 7-1 on the regular season. Williams is in the the top five in the RMAC in three pitching categories. He is tied for third in the RMAC with seven wins, is fifth with 69 strikeouts and second with a 2.51 ERA. Williams was named the RMAC and NCBWA Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 12 after his outing against Regis where he pitched a complete-game shutout.
Head Coach Chris Hanks was named the RMAC's Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career. For the second consecutive season, it was a unanimous decision. Hanks led the Mavericks to the RMAC Championship for the ninth time in his tenure. He now has 596 wins in his coaching career.
Braden Box and Erik Kozel each earned a spot on the First Team. Box, a 2012 Daktronics All-American, was named to the First Team for the second time in his career. He set the career record for stolen bases and has 72 stolen bases in his CMU career. Kozel has stepped into the leadoff spot in the lineup and has produced well. Kozel has an on-base percentage of .476 and a slugging percentage of .521, He is also 19 for 19 in stolen base opportunities.
Garrett Carpenter and Kevin Mitchell were also named to the First Team. Carpenter is still riding a 21-game hit strea but hasnt seen action lately because of an injury. Carpenter still hit an RMAC best .441 on the season and tied for the league lead in saves with five. Mitchell is on a tear with the bat right now hitting seven homeruns in the past nine games, vaulting to the second slot in the RMAC rankings.
Cody Lahman was named the RMAC's First Team relief pitcher after a 6-0 record in relief. Lahman allowed opposing hitters to bat just .209 off of him and struck out 28 batters injust over 38 innings pitched.
Nolan Snell, Justin Rosales, Jake Kluge and Mitch Corwin were all named to the Second Team. For Snell, its his third appearance on the All-RMAC Team. Rosales and Corwin earned spots for the second straight season and Kluge his first selection.
Kozel, Carpenter, Robertson and Mitchell all earned spots on the RMAC Gold Glove Team. Robertson was a unanimous selection. They are now eligible to earn an All-Region Gold Glove selection.
The Mavericks will take on the Colorado Mines Orediggers in the opening round of the RMAC Tournament Thursday night at 7:00pm at Suplizio Field.