Hitting their stride
Mavs' bats come alive in DH sweep
Colorado Mesa University baseball coach Chris Hanks was upset about a lack of tough hitting Friday in a loss to Montana State University-Billings.
The Mavericks toughened up Saturday in a 12-2, 6-2 sweep of the Yellowjackets at Suplizio Field.
In the first game, Garrett Carpenter went 3 for 4, scored three runs and drove in three more to lead the Mavericks’ 12-hit attack. Colton Schoelkopf drove in two runs on a pair of doubles. Tim Fowler, who doubled twice, and Colton Little each drove in three.
The Mavericks (3-3) scored three runs in the bottom of the first and scored in each of the first six innings. Braden Box was hit by a pitch and, with one out, stole second.
A double down the right-field line by Fowler scored Box, and with two out and runners on the corners, Carpenter drove a two-run double down the left-field line.
Up 6-0, the Mavericks put the game away with a four-run fourth inning. Carpenter had an RBI single, Schoelkopf drove home two with a double, and Little singled in another run.
Aaron Corwin allowed five hits in 5 1/3 innings for his first win of the season, walking four and striking out six.
Carpenter beat out an infield single, stole second and scored on Schoelkopf’s fourth-inning base hit in the second game. The Mavericks broke it open with five runs in the fifth.
Box reached on an error and stole second, and Austin Kaiser beat out a bunt, sending Box to third. Kaiser stole second, one of three stolen bases for him in the game, and Mitch Corwin lifted a fly ball to left to score Box.
Kaiser stole third and scored on Kevin Mitchell’s triple.
Nate Robertson bunted safely, scoring Mitchell, and Carpenter sent Robertson to third with a base hit. A groundout by Schoelkopf got another run home, and Carpenter scored when Little reached on another error.
Joey Danner threw six shutout innings, striking out five. He allowed three hits and didn’t walk a batter.
The Yellowjackets (2-6-1) pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh against Dakota Behr, but Carpenter came in from left field with one out and got a sacrifice bunt for the second out. With runners at second and third, he struck out Bryce Todd to end the game.
Colorado Mesa led in both games in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Tucson, but both times let the game get away, losing to West Texas A&M 7-4 and to No. 23 Molloy (N.Y.) College 4-1.
“We did some good things, and we should have beaten (West Texas A&M). We’re right there,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said. “That was a very good Texas team. They do all the little things. That’s what we have to do.”
The Mavericks led 4-1 against West Texas A&M but gave up six unanswered runs.
Jess Severinsen went 3 for 4 in the first game, and in the pitching circle took the loss, giving up seven hits and striking out seven. Megan Smith hit a home run in the opener for Mesa.
In the second game, the Mavs led 1-0 in the fifth inning but again didn’t hit with runners in scoring position and made too many errors to win.
Abrams was still waiting to hear late Saturday night which bracket the Mavericks will play in today after their 2-2 record in pool play. The 16-team tournament breaks into four, four-team brackets today, with each team playing two more games.
“Any time you play in-region games and against ranked teams, you want to come out on top,” Abrams said. “That’s one thing we didn’t get a chance to do in these two. We played some good softball against Texas, and we let it slide against Molloy.”
Despite scoring two goals in the first minute of the season, the Mavericks couldn’t hold off Regis in a 16-6 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association loss at Walker Field.
Regis scored four straight goals after falling behind 2-0, and after Lexie Chavez scored to pull the Mavericks within one at 4-3 with 14 minutes, 7 seconds to play in the first half, the Rangers answered with three more goals. Chavez scored again just before the half to make it 7-4, but Regis outscored Colorado Mesa 9-2 in the second half.
Allie Henderson scored 16 seconds into the game and 22 seconds later, Ashley Eickhoff found the net to stake the Mavericks to a 2-0 lead.
Chavez finished with three goals and Henderson two for the Mavericks (0-1, 0-1 WILA). Regis (1-0, 1-0) outshot the Mavericks 32-17.
Tyler Nelson, Drew Schumann and Justin Schumacher had pins to lead No. 14 Colorado Mesa to a 25-18 victory over Colorado School of Mines in each team’s RMAC regular-season finale.
Nelson’s pin at 133 pounds gave the Mavericks (20-3, 6-2 RMAC) a 6-3 lead. Schumann followed with a pin in the first period at 141, and Schumacher pushed the lead to 18-3 with a pin in the third period at 149.
Tyler Miles won a major decision at 165 pounds, and Nick Petersen won a 9-2 decision at 184.
The Mavericks rested four regular starters with the NCAA Division II West Regional awaiting next weekend in Chadron, Neb.
Late Friday night, both the men’s and women’s teams lost duals to Weber State.
The men fell 8-1 to the Wildcats, with Brason Hollabaugh and Trevor Brown picking up an 8-6 victory at No. 3 doubles over Dylan Hansel and Anthony Trabert.
The women’s team fell 7-2. Emily Dodson won her No. 5 singles match 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 over Michelle Warwick, and the No. 1 doubles team of Kaylee Davis and Shannen McNamara defeated Thais Kurer and Kristi Elmer 8-6.