Mesa State baseball team suffers rare shutout loss
Nine zeroes in a Mesa State baseball linescore doesn’t happen very often.
The Mavericks have been shut out only twice the past five seasons, and one of those games came in the opening weekend this season against the then-No. 2 team in the nation, the University of California-San Diego.
Before that, it was May of 2007, when the Mavs were thumped by Cal State Los Angeles 11-0 in the regional semifinals.
It happened Sunday, though, against a team that until Friday, the Mavs hadn’t lost to in a decade, Colorado School of Mines.
Mike Fuller threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout at the Mavericks as the Orediggers (4-17, 2-10 RMAC) won 2-0 to split the conference series in Golden. Mines defeated Mesa State 12-5 on Friday, ending a losing streak to the Mavs dating to 2000, before Mesa swept Saturday’s doubleheader.
Mesa State starter Jared Christensen threw well enough to win, allowing only two runs in seven innings, scattering seven hits. Taylor Hamilton struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth. The Mavericks just couldn’t get anything going against Fuller.
Mines scored one run in the second on a two-out base hit by Jordan Williams and an RBI double down the right-field line by Jarred Wallace. The Orediggers added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI single by Kyle Wallace.
Mesa (11-7, 9-3) had a chance in the fourth inning when Ken Evanson beat out a bunt with one out and Jeff Popick was hit by a pitch with two outs. Ian McKnight, though, was called out on strikes. Evanson’s bunt single was the Mavs’ only hit other than Colton Little’s leadoff single to left-center in the first inning. He was erased on a double play. The only other base runners the Mavs had the entire game were the two stranded in the fourth.
Fuller (2-3) struck out seven.
Mesa State’s first-year program fell to 0-6 in an 11-6 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association loss to Dominican (Calif.) University in the Mavericks’ final game on their spring break trip.
Trevor Ecton scored two goals for Mesa State (0-6, 0-3 WILA), which fell behind 5-2 in the first quarter and 7-2 by halftime, then played the Peacocks even in the second half.
Kade Robinson scored off a pass from Nathan Hunter-Gerber with 8:55 to play in the first quarter to tie the game at 1-1, but Dominican (2-5, 2-0) scored four straight goals to take control of the game.
Dominican controlled the game by winning 12 of 16 faceoffs. Mesa State had 13 minutes of penalty time, but gave up only two short-handed goals. The Mavs play their first home game of the season at 1 p.m. on Saturday against Adams State.
Mesa State finished fourth in the Mustang Invitational in Albuquerque, shooting a second-round 321 for a 645 total, 24 shots behind Belmont Abbey.
Jessica Berve tied for fifth after shooting a 75 Sunday to go with her first-round 81 for a 156. Jessica Dailleboust of Western New Mexico shot back-to-back rounds of 76 to win with a 152.
Jennifer Hilts, who was tied for the first-round lead, struggled to an 86 and tied for 15th with a 161. Kristina Casillas tied for 17th at 162, Michelle Stripp tied for 24th with a 166 and Afton Balling tied for 41st with a 176.
The Mesa men’s team plays today and Tuesday in Albuquerque.