GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) CMU baseball has accomplished goal one of the season in pursuit of a national title. The team won the RMAC regular season championship on Friday with their win over Dixie State and finished the regular season with a 41-9 record.
The best record in the conference came from the play of some of the best players and coaches in the conference. Garrett Hutson was named RMAC Pitcher of the Year in his senior season with the Mavericks. He had a 2.52 ERA good for second in the RMAC. He was second in the conference allowing 50 hits, 24 runs allowed, and 20 earned runs allowed.
Andrew Morris was named RMAC Freshman of the Year after going 4-1 this season allowing 30 earned runs on 36 hits.
Head coach Chris Hanks was named Coach of the Year for the tenth time in his 21 years as head coach for the Mavericks. Coming off the series win over Dixie State, the squad head's into the conference tournament with some high expectations as the one seed and history is on their side winning the last five tournament championships.
"The only thing that's different is it's a different group of guys than last year's team or the years before and so on and so forth," said Hanks. "I think this team has great character and great make up. I think they are very tough mentally and they are a very close knit group. I think maybe that will forge us a chance to do better than some years but once again we are going to have to play it out on the field."
"I think we are pretty confident," Andrew Morris said. "I mean it was a really fun series and it was cool we won the series. It'll be a fun tournament this upcoming weekend."