CMU baseball has first practice with several new faces

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Colorado Mesa baseball team is only three months removed from its run to the DII NCAA Championship game, capping off one of the most remarkable seasons of all time- not just for the baseball program, but in CMU's athletic history.

The players and coaches are back in Grand Junction now and had their first official practice of the fall at bergman field Thursday.

The pitching rotation will be stout again. They lose Kyle Davis and Joey Danner... but return several more than capable starter.

As for field, there are five spots to fill with the departures of Austin Kaiser, Garrett Carpenter, Jordan Liester, Nate Robertson, Tony Audino and Sergio Valenzuela.

But coach Chris Hanks thinks the talent level may even be greater in 2015. He'll finally get to play some of the guys who had to wait in the dugout last year, and gets some great freshmen and transfers.

"new players coming in, they feel a responsibility to uphold tradition and they know the expectations are high," Hanks said. "So really what some of those kids will have to practice and become good at doing is living up to expectations and handling the pressures."

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