Mavs score 36 runs in DH sweep of Kearney
In scoring 36 runs Friday in a doubleheader sweep of Nebraska-Kearney, Colorado Mesa University’s baseball team didn’t hit one wind-aided home run.
In fact, the Mavericks didn’t hit a single ball out of Canyon View Park — but they hit 15 doubles, two triples and scored a season-high 24 runs in the first game, a 24-2 rout. Mesa then rallied for a 12-10 win in the second game to clinch the RMAC series with one game to play at 10 this morning.
The Mavericks (24-9, 18-5 RMAC) wasted no time, scoring 15 runs on 13 hits and three errors in the first inning alone.
Kearney starter Adam Peters (4-3) faced 13 batters and retired only one before being replaced by Kenny Namanny, who gave up six runs in one inning of work. It was 22-0 after three innings and Jared Christensen was handling things on the mound for the Mavs.
Christensen (7-2) allowed two runs on four hits and struck out 10 in six innings, with Kris Carlson getting in an inning of work to wrap it up.
Justin Rosales drove in six runs on a pair of doubles and every starter got at least one of the Mavs’ 23 hits. Bobby Cozine went 4 for 5, scored three runs and drove in three more, and Braden Box, Mitch Corwin, Jeff Popick, Dustin Fackrell and Colton Schoelkopf drove in two runs each.
In the second game, Kearney (10-21, 9-14) put up seven runs in the fourth inning off Dylan Evans and led 10-4 heading into the sixth inning.
That’s when the Mavericks went to work, scoring eight runs, seven with two out.
Schoelkopf drew a walk and Austin Kaiser singled. Eric Kozel was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Colton Little, who hit a sacrifice fly to get one run home. A two-out single by Corwin scored another run and Popick doubled home another.
Two hit batters scored another run to make it 10-8 and two more came home on an error to tie the game. Kaiser doubled in the go-ahead run, the seventh of the inning, and Kozel beat out a bunt for a base hit, scoring Schoelkopf with an insurance run.
Cody Lahman (1-1) picked up the win with one shutout inning of work and Derek Benham recorded his sixth save of the season, allowing one hit and striking out the final batter.
Kaiser and Box each went 3 for 4 and drove in one run, and Corwin and Rosales each had two RBI.
The Mavericks twice pulled within one goal in the second half but couldn’t get stops when they needed them in a 16-13 loss to Westminster (Utah) College. The Griffins are ranked No. 1 in the WCLA Division II national rankings.
Colorado Mesa trailed 9-7 at halftime but Rachael Sutton scored her 29th goal of the season 1½ minutes into the second half, and after Westminster scored, Allie Henderson got the Mavs back within one, 10-9, with her 21st goal of the season.
Westminster (12-4) then scored five straight goals for a 15-9 lead before the Mavericks (3-7) rallied again.
Sutton scored two goals and Lexie Chavez and Henderson one each over a seven-minute span to cut the lead to 15-13 with 2:20 to play.
Henderson missed a shot wide in the final minute and Westminster scored with two seconds left.
Sutton and Chavez scored five goals each for the Mavericks and Henderson added the other three.
CSU-Pueblo won three singles matches and two doubles matches to defeat the Colorado Mesa men 5-4 in a RMAC dual at the Elliott Tennis Center.
The ThunderWolves’ Tom Chavez won the deciding match, defeating Mesa sophomore Sterling Inouye 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) at No. 6 singles.
The Mavericks (7-11, 1-2 RMAC) won at No. 1, 2 and 5 singles and No. 1 doubles.
Mesa’s John Hendrickson won 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.