Regis’ base hits too much for Mavs in loss
Mesa State didn’t give up an extra-base hit Friday to Regis University, but the Mavericks couldn’t get a base hit when they needed it and fell 7-5.
“We’re hitting into a lot of line-drive outs,” coach Chris Hanks said. “It’s a continuation of Sunday against Mines. We got things going a couple of times but couldn’t finish them.
“We had bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth, tying run at second and go-ahead at first and (Jeff) Popick hit into a double play, a hard ground ball to short.”
The Mavericks (11-8, 9-4 RMAC) fell behind 5-2 after six innings but got back in it with a pair of runs in the seventh.
However, a two-out base hit in the bottom of the eighth scored two more for Regis (10-10, 8-5) and gave the Rangers a 7-3 lead. Mesa scored twice in the ninth before the double play ended it.
The Mavericks, who won seven of their first eight conference games, have dropped three of their past five.
“We’re just not producing. We had guys hit four or five balls to the track,” Hanks said. “With these new bats, you have to stay with the line drives, ground balls. We squared a bunch up that didn’t produce anything. It’s just a lack of timely hitting.”
Greg Anderson went 3 for 5 with one RBI and Colton Schoelkopf and Ryan Shelton each went 2 for 3. Schoelkopf scored twice and Shelton drove in a run and scored another.
Dylan Evans took his second straight loss, scattering nine singles over 52⁄3 innings. He struck out six and walked only one. Mesa had two wild pitches and two passed balls that led to Regis runs.
Mesa State had a dozen hits, but couldn’t string enough together with runners in scoring position.
Rain, snow and cold temperatures forced tennis matches indoors in Kearney, Neb., and Mesa State lost a pair of duals to St. Cloud State (Minn.) University. The women fell 6-3 and the men 8-1.
The women were on the verge of sweeping the doubles and taking that momentum into singles, but after leading 7-6, both the No. 1 team of Kate Lowder and Victoria Sargent and the No. 3 team of Cyndle Curfman and Alison Grush lost 9-7, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
The Mavs won at No. 1 and No. 4 singles, but lost at No. 2 and No. 6 in third-set 10-point tiebreakers.
The men won only at No. 1 doubles, with Jaco Gerbrands and Joseph Aragon defeating Joao Orsi and Matheus Aching 8-4, and were swept in singles.
Mesa State plays Rockhurst (Ill.) University and Minnesota State-Mankato today, traveling to Grand Island, Neb., to play at an indoor club.