The Roadrunners’ baseball and softball programs are about improvement, consistency and teamwork this season.
With these components, Metro can keep the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships in their sights.
The baseball season started with two games Jan. 30, followed by the series finale, Jan. 31. Metro won the weekend series 2-1 against the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Softball began its season on the road with a three-day series in Tucson, Arizona. The NFCA leadoff classic started Feb. 6.
After finishing the 2014 season 14-29 overall—a six-win drop from the 2013 season—the Roadrunners are currently two games below .500, albeit 2-4.
Senior catcher Darryl Baca continues to shine by having the only home run so far this season. With six hits out of 12 at-bats, Baca’s batting average sits at .500. Baca played in every game last season, leading the team with 10 home runs and 29 runs batted in.
Pitcher Nick Hammett, who was given the Division II Academic Achievement Award in 2014, returns to the team for his senior year. Hammett gave up seven hits and three runs in seven innings during his first start. Last season, Hammett pitched 50 innings and proved to be an experienced redshirt.
Metro baseball head coach Jerrid Oates enters his fourth season with Metro.
The Roadrunners have a few games on the list in the 2015 season. On Feb. 27, the ball club will take on Colorado School of Mines, who went 24-23 last year. A week after Mines, Colorado Mesa will step up to the plate as a tough conference opponent against Metro. Mesa’s record of 47-13 last season had them sitting at the top of the Mountain Division of the RMAC.
Metro is still seeking its first RMAC championship since 2002.
Experienced softball head coach Annie Van Wetzinga enters her second year with the Roadrunners.
“Expectations are high as always. We want to be comfortable on the field and represent ourselves well,” Wetzinga said. “The goal is not only to see the postseason and get to the championships, but we also want to be the best we can be as a team and improve each day.”
The Lady Runners finished Wetzinga’s inaugural year 33-17 overall, a 16-win increase from 17-28 in 2013.
In her second year on the team, sophomore pitcher Cassidy Smith returns in hopes of leading Metro to the RMAC tournament championship and the NCAA tournament. Smith played 44 out of 50 games last season with a batting average of .316. She was also named pre-season pitcher of the year.
Senior Chelsea Brew enters this season looking to dominate at the plate. Brew played in all 50 games and was second on the team with eight home runs, next to senior Kaylynn Harmon who had 10.
Feb. 28 starts an interesting weekend against CSU Pueblo, who had a 27-21 overall record last year. The Lady Runners will be on the road the following weekend, taking on Adams State March 7. Adams State was 28-25 in 2014.
Both squads are up for the challenge of improvement.