first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Wednesday, Dixie State baseball was picked to finish second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.The Trailblazers are returning eight starting position players from last season’s 35-19 squad. Dixie State also returns two starting pitchers, 20 total letter-winners and six redshirts.2019 NCAA Division II national runner-up Colorado Mesa is the national runner-up after collecting nine out of a possible 10 first-place votes.Colorado School of Mines is slated to finish third, Colorado-Colorado Springs is projected to finish fourth and Metro State Denver is picked to finish fifth.Two-time Pacific West Conference coach of the year Chris Pfatenhauer is in his eighth season (239-125-1, .656) and he has never had a losing season at the helm of the Trailblazers’ program.Senior first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Jake Engel is Dixie State’s leading returning starter.The native of Tucson, Ariz. amassed a .385 batting average and team bests in home runs (14) and RBI (52).Senior closer Brayden Bonner finished second in the RMAC with 8 saves and netted 41 strikeouts in 35.2 innings of work last season.The Trailblazers commence their 2020 season January 31-February 2 at Cal State-San Marcos. Written by Tags: Dixie State Baseball January 29, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie Baseball Voted Second In 2020 RMAC Preseason Poll Brad Jameslast_img