Mavericks complete four-game sweep of Regis
Kyle Davis threw another gem for the Colorado Mesa baseball team, and the offense provided plenty of fireworks.
The Mavericks completed a four-game series sweep of Regis with an 11-2 victory Monday afternoon at Suplizio Field.
“The guys played well today. I’m proud of that,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “The hitting comes and goes. We had it today, but we also got great pitching from Kyle Davis. Anytime you can throw up zeroes in the first few innings and you score in your half, it makes everyone play more relaxed.
“First of all, Kyle did a great job. Our offense gave us breathing room and an opportunity to get some guys some work.”
The Mavericks (10-3, 5-1 RMAC), who are 8-0 at home this season, outscored Regis 34-6 in the series. Mesa moved up three spots to No. 27 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II coaches poll.
Davis (1-0) limited Regis to no runs, three hits and struck out five in six innings. The senior right-hander settled down after giving up three hits in the first.
“I was really nervous today for some reason, I don’t know why,” Davis said. “Defense really helped me out of that hole, Sergio (Valenzuela) out in center especially.”
Davis retired 15 consecutive batters into the sixth inning. The streak ended when he hit a batter.
“The umpire was giving me good spots,” he said. “(Kyle) Serrano did a great job behind the plate and called a great game. They started chasing balls, too, and were back on the heels.”
The Mavericks scored early and often, allowing Davis and the defense to work comfortably.
Each of the starting nine hitters had at least one hit as Mesa collected 15 for the game. Garrett Carpenter, Austin Kaiser, Serrano and Kevin Mitchell had two hits apiece. Kaiser hit .692 in the four-game series and has 10 multi-hit games.
Freshman infielder Kevan Elcock was 1 for 4 with three RBI in his second start of the season.
“Kevan is a good freshman; we’ve got some good freshmen, and we got them all in today,” Hanks said. “Kevan’s been working hard. He’s showing visible improvement. That’s what we ask for, visible proof of improvement. He’s done that.”
Mitchell doubled home a run and scored on a bases-loaded walk for a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Elcock doubled home two runs and scored on a Jason Ross sacrifice fly for a 5-0 lead in the third.
“The first (at-bat) I was a little out in front of a curveball,” Elcock said. “The next one, I got the pitch I wanted and found the gap. After that, I was a little out in front of the fastball.”
Austin Kaiser continued his five-game hitting streak with a solo home run over the left-field bleachers to lead off the fourth inning for a 6-0 lead.
The Mavericks added four runs in the sixth inning.
Nate Robertson singled home a run, then Davis Cantwell had a pinch-hit two-run single. Elcock had a sacrifice fly.
“I’m trying my hardest right now,” Elcock said. “I keep working hard in practice, and it’s showing on the field. I’m trying to take advantage of the opportunity I’m given.
“I didn’t have the freshmen jitters everyone talks about too much.”
John Tosches of Regis (4-9, 1-5 RMAC) hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to prevent the shutout.
Serrano, another freshman, hit his first college triple to drive in a run in the bottom half of the inning.
Daniel Arellano, David Johnson and Dakota Behr limited Regis to two runs on three hits in three innings of relief.