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Colorado State Baseball Team Wins Third Consecutive NCBA National Championship

Published May 2006

Colorado State's club baseball team is the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) National Champion for the third consecutive year behind pitcher Thomas Ahrens who was named the 2006 World Series MVP..

Photo of batter during regional championships in May

Action during regional playoff game at CSU earlier in May.

CSU’s club baseball team is the 2006 Mid-America Regional Champion and was one of only eight teams to compete in the 2006 National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) World Series held in Niles, Ohio, May 24-30.

After beating Nebraska in the Mid-America Regional tournament held at Colorado State on May 15, CSU was seeded number two in the national competition, behind Penn State.

The Rams made their sixth straight appearance in the NCBA World Series and successfully defended their title after back-to-back World Series championships won in 2004 and 2005.

Updates

The Rams won the National Championship on Tuesday, May 30, at Eastwood Field, home of the Mahoning Valley Scrapers, an 'A' Class Cleveland Indians Baseball Affiliate. Colorado State faced Penn State, the North East Atlantic Regional champion and the series number one seed. The Nittany Lions defeated the Texas Longhorns, 15-4, late Monday to reach the final game.

Photo of Michah DeHenau making play at first base

Micah DeHenau making a play during a regional championship game.

With a record of 17-1, 31-10, the CSU team won three games in Ohio to appear in the World Series final game - defeating the University of Dayton, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Oregon.

The Rams' roster includes 10 seniors and three fifth-year seniors. David Schultz of Westcliffe, Colo., is club president of the successful 28-man roster.

CSU players hold the top NCBA stats in several categories. All three NCBA hitting leaders are from Colorado State: Brook Purdy with 58 hits, David Schultz, 54, and Caleb Bond with 53. Caleb Bond, with eight home runs, is also the number three leader in NCBA home runs. Pitcher Thomas Ahrens has 59 strike outs, ranking him in the top three of the NCBA this year.

For more information and to following the NCBA action, visit www.clubbaseball.org.


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