GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It took two games on Sunday to get it done, but CMU will make its first appearance in the NCAA DII World Series since 2009.
The Mavericks fell in the noon game against Texas A&M-Kingsville 9-8, marking their first loss of the season at Suplizio Field.
Game two later on was also a one-run game, only this time CMU was on the right side of the scoreboard.
Led by a gutsy pitching effort from Matt Delay and highlighted by a two-run homer from Austin Wallingford that put the Mavs up 6-3 in the sixth inning, they would be able to hold on in the ninth to win it 7-6 and punch their ticket to Cary, North Carolina.
The ninth inning wasn't easy for the Mavs, and was full of drama. Delay began the inning and recorded one out, but was pulled with the bases loaded in favor of Tyler Dunnington. After a four-pitch walk, the score was 7-6.
Chris Hanks then sent Friday's starter Matt Allen to get the last two outs. Allen worked quickly, inducing a foul-out to first, followed by a fly-out to right that was tracked down by a speedy Austin Kaiser, ending the game.
CMU will face St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday May 25 at 3:00 PM (MT) in Cary, NC.