The 2014 RMAC Golf Championship took place this past week in Goodyear, Arizona and the Orediggers finished eighth out of nine teams. After the first day of competition, the Orediggers were sitting in sixth place after two rounds of play, but in the final round of play on day two, Mines went +13 for the round to fall to eighth. The number seven team in the nation, Western New Mexico, lead from start to finish and captured the RMAC championship.
The Colorado School of Mines softball team squared off against RMAC rival Metro State (25-11, 19-8 RMAC) in a four game set this weekend (two Friday and two Saturday) and after dominating the first game of the series, dropped the next three to fall to 16-21 on the season and 12-20 in conference.
The Colorado School of Mines men's and women's track teams had a busy week competing in three different events over the past week on a west coast swing. While some of the team was at the Mt. SAC Relays, a few runners headed to Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California to compete in the Bryan Clay invitational.
With Saturday afternoon's 6-4 win over the Regis Rangers at Jim Darden Field, the Oredigger baseball team set a program record for conference wins at 18. The Diggers are on a streak of success and have now won 15 of their last 20 games. The sweep of Regis brings their record to 20-17 overall and 18-12 in the RMAC. Mines took Thursday's game 7-6, Friday's 15-4, and Saturday's doubleheader 6-2 and 6-4.
With bad weather in the forecast on Sunday, the Colorado School of Mines softball team had their games rescheduled to a Friday-Saturday series with two games each day. Blessed with beautiful weather both Friday and Saturday, Mines took three of the four games to improve their record to 15-22 and 11-17 in the RMAC.
It was perfect weather for baseball all week, but a forecast for snow altered the schedule to contain two double headers on Friday and Saturday. The Orediggers won a game each day, resulting in the series split: 13-8 win and 5-2 loss Friday, then 8-3 loss and 3-1 win Saturday. The split takes CSM's record to 16-17 overall, with 14-12 in conference play.
Another year, another tournament that epitomizes the name 'March Madness'. The seventh seeded Connecticut Huskies defeated the number eight seed Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in one of the more improbable tournament final matchups to date, claiming their third national championship in the past ten years and fourth overall. So how did it happen that these two teams played for it all last Monday night? What transpired along the way that allowed these schools, that were close to not even making the tournament only a few weeks prior, suddenly go as far as they did? Simply put: March Madness.
The Colorado School of Mines golf team headed to Goodyear, Arizona on Monday and Tuesday for the Mustang Intercollegiate golf tournament. After the first day of competition, and two rounds of play, the Orediggers were in seventeenth place. After the second day, the Orediggers placed thirteenth.
The NCAA is back in the news once again for a potentially monumental mistake on their part. However, the newest topic of discussion regarding the governing body of collegiate athletics is much more than a mere tournament snub (a yearly occurrence), recruiting violation (again, an annual thing nowadays), or a player overconsumption-of-food violation (#pastagate, never forget), but rather the awarding of a recent national championship trophy to the wrong team. It's hard to imagine anybody, even the notoriously inept NCAA, bungling something high profile. But as emerging data from the highly credible people at MyTeamIsBetterThanYourTeam.com suggests, the BCS championship's crystal football trophy should actually be on display not at Florida State University but right here in Golden at the Colorado School of Mines.
In what would prove to be the final game of the season for the No. 13 Colorado School of Mines men's basketball team, the Orediggers fell once again to the Metro State Roadrunners. After falling behind the No. 1 team in the country by 16 late in the second half, the Orediggers cut the lead to three in the waning seconds only to lose by four, 86-82.