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CU Denver club baseball strikes a win

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A look into club sports at CU

Being a non-traditional university, one of the ways CU Denver gets students engaged is through intramural or club sports. Club Baseball is trying to make a name for itself, and with the help of their recent wins against Western State University and Colorado Mesa University, they are proving just that.

While the game against Western State wasn’t the most eventful win, the win against Mesa was where the team played at the level they are capable of and ultimately played a convincing 3-2 game. “We just had too much talent to keep losing the way we were,” centerfield Ethan Liss said. “It felt nice to get one under our belt.”  Liss is not only centerfield for the team but is also one of the players, along with Greg Slaman, who started the team.

As a senior graduating this year, Liss hopes to take over as coach next year and recruit more students to join the team. “Hopefully it sticks around and becomes a draw for more people to come here to CU,” Liss said. He hopes to be more hands-on with all of the players as a coach and work with them one-on-one to focus on the team’s strengths and weaknesses. “I think one of our biggest strengths is that there is a lot of athleticism on the team, and we have a wide range of skills. As far as weaknesses goes, this being a commuter campus, it’s hard to get everyone at the same place at the same time.”

Liss says that for students who want to get involved, it’s important to know that there are a lot of startup intramurals coming to CU Denver for those who are looking for fun; but for students looking for competition, it doesn’t hurt to check out club sports. For baseball, the team meets every Friday from 2-4 on the soccer field. “I’ve had a lot of fun meeting new guys on campus and I’ve learned a lot about my skills as a leader,” Liss said. “At the end of the day, wins and losses don’t matter when you’re paying club ball. We’re just hanging out with the guys and doing something we all enjoy.”

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