CMU Baseball: Poor starts and 'weak links' lead to losing Sundays

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) The eighth ranked Mavericks split the weekend series against CSU-Pueblo this past weekend. It's tough playing on the road but it's even tougher when you get every team's best as they try to take down a top ranked team.

There has been a trend that has been showing the last few series and it's not a good one. The Mavericks have lost the last game of the last three series and have given up 23 runs in those losses. At this point in the season, head coach Chris Hanks said that the pitching has underachieved. That also means that the team is not at their best yet and the way to break the Sunday curse is to get ahead early in the game and play with a lead.

"I think it starts on the mound," said head coach Chris Hanks. "I don't think we have necessarily had pitchers get us off to a good start which to me is the first three innings. We keep zeros on the board, that's a good start. At the same time, for example this weekend on Sunday, we started off with the first two runners on, we had first and third, nobody out. then our three hole first pitch swings at a 56 foot curve ball in the dirt. I call that a weak link. We need a tough at bat and his at bat wasn't tough. We've got to get rid of those weak links and we need to play better on the mound from the outset."

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