The University of Colorado Colorado Springs baseball team has made the postseason, and will be traveling to Grand Junction, Colo. for the RMAC Tournament. Having earned the #4 seed, UCCS will be taking on the #3 seed Dixie State University (DSU) in the first round. The game is scheduled for this Wednesday, May 8 at 11 a.m.
The Mountain Lions' faced off against DSU for the first time in the program's short history earlier this season, and went 0-4 in a four-game sweep. In that series, the Mountain Lions scored 19 runs on 27 hits including four doubles and six home runs. UCCS aims to avenge those losses on Wednesday.
SCOUTING THE TRAILBLAZERS
The Trailblazers finished the regular season with an overall record of 33-17, including a record of 23-13 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). DSU is coming off of a 1-3 series loss against #5 Colorado Mesa University, who also holds the #1 seed in the RMAC Tournament. In that series, DSU scored 26 runs on 38 hits including four doubles, two triples and three home runs. As a team, the Trailblazers finished the regular season with a .332 batting average (second in the RMAC), 428 runs scored (first in the RMAC), 534 hits (second in the RMAC), 113 doubles (fourth in the RMAC), 16 triples (fourth in the RMAC), 54 home runs (sixth in the RMAC), and 373 RBI (third in the RMAC). Individually, the Trailblazers had a number of different players who were big parts of their offensive success in the regular season. Cade Spurlin led the team in batting average hitting .396 (fifth in the RMAC). He also ranks third on the team in doubles (13) and fourth in hits (53), homes runs (six) and RBI (37). The other main contributors during the regular season were Jake Engel, Tyson Fisher and Tyler Hollow. Engel finished the regular season with a batting average of .374 and led the team in hits (64), and home runs (13, tied for fourth in the RMAC). He also ranks second on the team in triples and RBI with three and 47 (seventh in the RMAC) respectively. Fisher ranks second on the team in batting average (.380), hits (63), doubles (14) and home runs (eight), and has the third most RBI with 40. He also leads the team in triples with four (tied for fourth in the RMAC). Hollow hit .355 for the regular season, had the third most hits on the team (61), and led the team in doubles (15) and RBI (49, sixth in the RMAC). Defensively, Jayden Murray (9-3) and Jack Gonzales (6-2) were the two best starters on the pitching staff for the Trailblazers during the regular season. Murray started all 13 of his appearances this season and allowed 43 runs (35 earned) on 71 hits with 82 strikeouts (fifth in the RMAC). He finished the regular season with a 4.14 ERA (eighth in the RMAC), an opposing batting average of .244 (fourth in the RMAC) and nine wins which led the RMAC. Gonzales started all 12 of his appearances in the regular season and allowed 39 runs (33 earned) on 42 hits with 46 strikeouts. His 39 runs allowed ranks 10thin the RMAC and his 42 hits allowed were the fewest in the RMAC. He also held opposing batters to a .216 batting average, third best in the RMAC
LAST TIME OUT
In their final series before the RMAC Tournament, UCCS went 1-3 against Colorado State University – Pueblo. After dropping the first two games by a combined score of 7-21, UCCS won the first game of the Saturday double header 10-7 as they recorded 15 hits including four doubles and one home run. For the series, UCCS scored 19 runs on 43 hits including eight doubles and two home runs. As the regular season comes to a close, the Mountain Lions' team statistics in the RMAC rank as follows: .322 team batting average (fourth), 370 runs scored (sixth), 521 hits (fourth) 120 doubles (first), 12 triples (eighth), 60 home runs (fourth) and 349 RBI (fifth).
Individually, Walker Rumsey (.287 BA), Jake Anderson (.380 BA) and Matt McDermott (.382 BA) led the UCCS offense in this series as they totaled 22 of the 43 hits. Rumsey led the team with eight hits, which included two doubles, one home run and eight RBI, all of which were also team highs or tied for the team high. Anderson totaled seven hits in the series which was tied for the second most behind Rumsey. Two of those hits were doubles (tied for the most with Rumsey) and he also drove in three runs, the second most for UCCS in the series. Anderson finishes the regular season with 70 hits (tied for sixth in the RMAC) and 51 RBI, fifth most in the RMAC. McDermott also had seven hits, which included the second home run for the Mountain Lions and led to his two RBI in the series, third most on the team. Defensively, it was not a great weekend for the Mountain Lion pitching staff as they finished the series with a combined 6.83 ERA. Daniel Silva (7-3) pitched well in a no-decision effort as he went four innings and gave up one run on eight hits with six strikeouts, finishing his start with a 2.25 ERA. Silva ends the regular season with a 4.07 ERA, sixth best in the RMAC. The lone win of the series belongs to Eric Neeley, who came in relief of Christian Manmano and threw two scoreless innings while allowing only one hit to earn the win. Dagin Renck got the save in that game as he threw a perfect final inning.
The forecast for Grand Junction, Colo. on Wednesday, May 8 shows a high temperature of 65 degrees and scattered storms throughout the day. Winds are expected to gust up to 12 miles per hour. For any updates to the schedule related to weather, stay tuned to gomountainlions.com.
The RMAC Tournament is a double elimination tournament. Therefore, UCCS could play one of four teams depending on if they win or lose. If the Mountain Lions win on Wednesday, they will play the winner of the game between #2 seed Colorado School of Mines and #5 seed Metropolitan State University Denver, on Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. If UCCS were to lose their first-round matchup, they would play the winner of the game between #1 seed Colorado Mesa University and #6 seed Colorado State University – Pueblo on Thursday, May 9 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8 at 11:00am
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Suplizio Field 1315 North Ave Grand Junction, CO 81501