Record Season Comes to a Close

The Minnesota State Mankato baseball team lost its bid for a national championship in a 6-5 loss to Delta State on Friday, June 1, but the Maverick’s amazing run this season proved historic nonetheless.

The team’s 51 wins set a single-season record for the Mavericks, and its third-place finish in the NCAA Division II College Baseball World Series tied its previous best (the team finished third in 1980 as well). Before the eighth inning of Friday’s game, when Delta State scored five runs, the Minnesota State Mankato pitching staff had thrown 25-scoreless innings as the team recorded back-to-back shutouts— the first team in 40 years to do so in the Division II National Finals and just the third team ever to accomplish the feat.

“It was a fun season and we made a great run,” head coach Matt Magers said. “There are a lot of positive things that happened during the year and to be third in the nation is a great honor.”

Read more about the final game of the Maverick’s record-setting 51-12 season here.