PUEBLO, Colo. (May 23, 2018) – Zach Hoffman of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball team earned First Team All-Region honors from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association. Pack third baseman, Dakota Popham claimed Second Team All-Region honors from the D-II CCA.
Hoffman (Sr., South Jordan, Utah) collected his second First Team All-Region award as a utility player. He was named First Team All-South Central Region by the NCBWA as well. Hoffman ranked 10th in D-II with seven triples this season.
In 2018, Hoffman batted .316 in 152 at bats. He led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with seven triples. Hoffman also stole 11 bases. He ranked seventh in the RMAC steals. The senior set a career-high with three home runs. Hoffman had a 12-game hitting streak from March 23 - April 21.
On the mound, Hoffman shared the team lead with five wins. In 44.2 innings pitched, Hoffman struck out 44 batters for an 8.87 k/9 inning ratio. He surrendered just one home run. The former Summer League All-American earned his first career save April 14 vs. Colorado Christian University.
After a great series against the Cougars, Hoffman earned RMAC Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. Hoffman went 7-for-13 (.538) in the series and stole six bases. He scored seven runs and drove in four more.
Hoffman capped his career with an All-RMAC Tournament nod. His efforts helped the Pack take third place in the RMAC Tournament. In four games, the senior batted .476 with a team-best .714 slugging percentage.
Popham (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned his first career All-Region recognition with a Second Team All-Region honor from the CCA. The third baseman was named Second Team All-RMAC. Despite not receiving first team all-conference accolades, Popham was the only RMAC Third baseman to earn an all-region nod.
In his first season with the Pack, Popham ranked second in the RMAC with a .415 batting average. His .415 batting clip ranks 15th in the nation. Popham led the RMAC and ranked ninth in D-II with 23 doubles.
Popham topped the ThunderWolves with seven home runs and 42 RBIs. He ranked fifth in the RMAC with a .708 slugging percentage. The Pack's third baseman ranked fourth in the RMAC with a .467 on base percentage.
Popham ended the season on a 12-game hitting streak. He had eight doubles and two home runs over that span. Seven of those games were multi-hit efforts.
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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