Athletes of the Year by Year
Kyle Leahy Baseball Year Honored : 2017
Kyle Leahy
Memorable Quote:
“Stats are great and all, but the only stat I pay attention to is wins, because that’s what you try to go out and do every day. That’s the one that matters in the end.”

Kyle Leahy - 2018 Inductee

“I saw what JR did as a freshman and I was like, ‘Why can’t we both do it?’” Leahy said when notified of his award from the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

Leahy made only seven appearances as a freshman, mostly in relief, but earned the No. 1 starter’s role in 2017. Just as McDermott did the spring before, Leahy owned Friday nights.

The right-hander out of Erie High School went 13-0 in 15 starts, with a 1.41 ERA, 96 strikeouts and 13 walks in 108 ⅔ innings. The Mavericks won all 17 games in which Leahy pitched on their way to the program’s third NCAA Division II World Series berth. A 4.0 student, Leahy received the NCAA Elite 90 Award as the top student-athlete in the national tournament.

He started CMU’s opening World Series game, pitching 5 ⅓ innings against Quincy (Illinois), allowing three runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in a 10-3 victory.

A consensus All-American, Leahy was an All-Star for Waterloo, Iowa, in the prestigious Northwoods collegiate summer league (4-0, 1.20 ERA).

His success isn’t what he remembers from his sophomore season. “Not winning,” Leahy said. “Stats are great and all, but the only stat I pay attention to is wins, because that’s what you try to go out and do every day. That’s the one that matters in the end.”