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Sports / Recreation

Grand slammin' Rams

May 29, 2009

The Rams have become a winning dynasty in the world of collegiate club baseball. For the fifth time in six years, Colorado State won the National Club Baseball Association championship May 28, defeating Arizona 3-1 in the Division I title game of the World Series in Fort Myers, Fla.

2009 NCBA World Series

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Pitching a hopeful strike out.(Wagner Photography)

Sliding into safety. (Wagner Photography)

Setting up for a home-run. (Wagner Photography)

Bobby Moller pitches his way into MVP. (Wagner Photography)

Positive results after a tough game. (Wagner Photography)

Bobby Moller is presented his MVP award. (Wagner Photography)

Rams pile high in celebration. (Wagner Photography)

We're the champs - again!

Led by the strong performance of pitcher Bobby Moeller, a junior right-hander from Highlands Ranch, the Rams powered their way to the championship title from the losers side of the bracket after dropping their first game to the University of Maryland, 10-6.

Spirit of champions

Winning is something the CSU Rams Baseball team expect of themselves. It's the spirit of champions that carried the Rams to victory during the 2009 NCBA World Series.

“We came expecting to walk away with the title. More than anything, we out work every team we play. We don’t participate, we compete. We expected to be in this game and I was ready to do it all again!” said outfielder Nick Stringari, a senior mechanical engineer student and president of CSU Rams Baseball.

Rams on fire

As the No. 1 seed team, with a conference record of 15-0 and an overall record of 47-7, no one can deny the Rams were on fire.

After defeating Maryland 4-3 on May 27 after the initial lose to the Terrapins on May 22, the Rams earned all rights to defend their World Series title against Arizona on May 28 in Fort Meyers, Fla.

"I’m really proud of how hard they work. It’s been a long season and they stayed focus on the prize the whole time. We’re a very cohesive team," said Coach Mike Abernathy. "I was confident that we would find a way to win the game; it’s something we’ve been doing all season long. I wasn’t nervous or scared or upset. I just coached and these kids played the best they could."

Bouncing back

The Rams lost their opening game but bounced back by dominating in their next three games and making their way to the finals, beating out Arizona, 3-1.

“The winning play was probably in the sixth or seventh inning – there were two guys on and our pitcher came on and got a strike out. It really turned things back in our favor,” said Stringari.

Pitcher Bobby Moller named MVP

Bobby Moller has been named the 2009 NCBA Most Valuable Player. Moller, No. 24, pitches for the Rams and is a junior majoring in microbiology.

“Bobby is the most dominating pitcher of the entire tournament. When he gets on the field you can feel confident that we’re going to do good,” said Stringari.

Five titles in 6 years

Rams Baseball held the previous World Series title in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008.

“We work all year. We play 30 games in the fall, 50 games in the spring, and we practice all the time. The reason we win is because we work so hard. When you put that much work into what you do, you expect to win and come out on top,” said Stringari

World Series standouts

Home Run Leader: Brain Dilley, ranked No. 1

Earned Run Average Leader: Kyle Swets, ranked No. 4

Hitting Leaders:

  • Michael Roberts, ranked No. 5
  • Brain Dilley, ranked No. 6
  • Brain Chuckran, ranked No. 8

Innings Pitched Leaders:

  • Bobby Moller, ranked No. 2
  • Nicholas Jeanette, ranked No. 4

Strike Out Leaders:

  • Bobby Moller, ranked No. 2
  • Nicholas Jeanette, ranked No. 3

For the love of the game

"There’s a lot of baseball talent in Colorado and they come to Colorado State. We have a great coaching staff and we make it about learning about life and what you can contribute after baseball. The kids play baseball because they want to and that makes all the difference," said Abernathy.

(Photos courtesy of Wagner Photography)

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