CMU Baseball: Missed opportunities lead to program's second runner-up finish

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) The Mavericks finished runners up for a national championship for the second time in program history, once in 2014 and the other just last weekend.

CMU lost in the national championship game over the weekend to the Tampa Spartans, 3-1. The Mavericks had a one run lead in the sixth but fell behind in the seventh off a two run single. CMU left six runners on base while starting pitcher Trevin Reynolds held on for seven innings allowing three runs on eight hits. It was a hard loss but coach Chris Hanks says he's thankful for the opportunity at a title.

"We got the lead, we stranded some runners which really hurt,” said Chris Hanks. “When you have those opportunities early and you don't cash in, we could've extended our lead, you wonder. There's ways to win in Cary. It's a different game than it is here because of the sea level the humidity, ball doesn't fly, big ball park. I don't think anything went wrong, we just didn't get the timely hit that was required when we had the lead.I'm super proud of these guys. I think as long as we continue to position ourselves and prepare in a way that gives us the opportunity, that's what opens the door to getting that timely hit when you need it. It's a tough pill to swallow but when we step back and continuingly become a program that's tougher and tougher to beat moving forward for anybody."