GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Mesa State baseball team is headed to the NCAA Division II College World Series for the first time in school history.
The Mavs defeated Wayne State on Sunday afternoon for the Central Region championship 8-2.
Of the eight runs Mesa scored, three came from solo home runs by Kevin Becker, Craig Lanzarotta and Mike Provencher.
Just as impressive as the Mavericks run production was their domination on the mound, starting with pitcher Chris Shea. He was watching 'Star Trek' on Saturday night when his roommate got word and informed Shea that he would start the championship game. Shea pitched seven innings, giving up just one earned run with three strikeouts.
"Chris Shea was unbelievable on the mound today" said Mesa Head Coach Chris Hanks. "He was a kid who was pitcher of the year in his conference in junior college. We brought him in here to be our number one. You know it didn't work out for him, he was real down late in the season. About a month ago I told him Chris we need you to work because you're that guy that gets us through a semifinal or the final and it came to fruition."
So did the Mavericks' goal of reaching the Division II World Series for the first time. But the team has even loftier goals according to Central Region Tournament MVP, shortstop Matt Bodenchuk.
"I'm still soaking it in. Tonight we'll have some fun." Bodenchuk said. "Once we get out to North Carolina we'll lock that back in. You know we set out to win a National championship this year, so this is not the end of the Mavs."
The Mavericks hope the end will be a National title on May 30th in Cary, North Carolina. The Division II World Series begins May 23rd.