PUEBLO, Colo. (May 24, 2018) – Dakota Popham of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball team earned First Team All-South Central Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association as an infielder.
This honor was Popham's (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) second all-region accolade and the first time he received a first team recognition in his career. He claimed Second Team All-Region honors from the Conference Commissioners Association.
Popham put together an incredible debut campaign for the ThunderWolves. The Pack's third baseman hit .415, giving him the second-highest batting average in the RMAC. He ranked 15th in D-II in batting average.
In 2018, Popham led the ThunderWolves with seven home runs and 42 RBIs. He also topped the RMAC with 23 doubles. Those 23 doubles placed Popham ninth in D-II. His 23 two baggers also stand as the ninth-highest single-season total in program history.
The junior ranked fifth in the RMAC with a .708 slugging percentage. Popham delivered 33 extra base hits with three triples on the season.The Pack's third baseman ranked fourth in the RMAC with a .467 on base percentage. Popham scored 43 runs.
Popham ended the season on a 12-game hitting streak. He clubbed eight doubles and bashed two home runs over that span. Seven of those games were multi-hit efforts.
A Second Team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection, Popham was one of just four RMAC players named First Team All-Region by the ABCA. He was also the only RMAC third baseman to receive an All-Region selection.
During RMAC play, Popham hit .422. His 33 RBIs against RMAC opponents ranked eighth in the conference.
Popham's efforts led the Pack to a 19-16 record in RMAC play and a third place finish in the RMAC Tournament. CSU-Pueblo went 29-23 overall.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics