Mavericks split series with N.M. Highlands
It wasn’t what Colorado Mesa baseball coach Chris Hanks hoped for, but he’ll take it.
The No. 23 Mavericks defeated New Mexico Highlands 11-3 on Sunday afternoon to salvage an uneventful four-game series split after dropping the first two games of the series. It was only the second time this season Mesa hasn’t won a four-game series.
“A split here to somewhat of a degree is a win,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “We leave town no worse for the wear. We survived it, but we need to play better.”
Mesa (21-9, 15-5 RMAC) outscored the Cowboys 36-25, hit .352 and stole 20 bases in the four-game series.
Mesa junior Garrett Carpenter (2-3) limited Highlands (20-9, 13-7 RMAC) to one run on three hits in eight innings for the win. He had five strikeouts.
“Carp had all of his pitches working,” Hanks said. “He only allowed one hit through seven and didn’t walk anyone.”
Highlands scored two runs on a Erik Scott home run off Tim Moore in the ninth.
The Mavericks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on base hits from Jeff Popick and Dustin Fackrell.
The two each drove home a run in the third inning for a 4-0 lead.
Mesa added three runs in the fourth. One on an error, one on a double play and another on a Braden Box bunt hit.
Erik Kozel gave the Mavs a 9-0 lead with a two-run single in the seventh.
Fackrell had RBI double in the ninth and scored on Colton Schoelkopf’s single.
Colorado Mesa squeaked a run across in the seventh inning of the second game to pick up a split of a RMAC doubleheader against Chadron State in Chadron, Neb.
The Mavericks (19-13, 17-11 RMAC) loaded the bases before Lindsay Drayer scored on a fielder’s choice in the Mesa’s 6-5 victory in the second game.
Chadron State (13-22, 11-15 RMAC) won the first game 5-3. The teams split the four-game series 2-2.
The Eagles broke a 3-3 tie in the first game with a run in the fifth and added an insurance run in the sixth.
Mesa pitcher Ashley Pulido took the loss. She gave up five earned runs on 11 hits in six innings.
The sophomore (5-6) picked up the win in the second game in relief of Courtney Maihi. Pulido limited Chadron to one hit in three innings. Maihi gave up three earned runs on five hits in four innings.
Lisa Pille hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to give Mesa a 5-2 lead in the second game, but the Eagles came back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score 5-5.
Colorado Mesa bounced back from its first Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association loss with a 10-4 victory over Notre Dame deNamur in Belmont, Calif.
The Mavericks (6-3, 4-1 WILA) scored three goals late in the fourth quarter to extinguish a Notre Dame deNamur rally.
Kade Robinson led Mesa with four goals and one assist. Gabe Garcia scored two goals and Daniel Caddoo had three assists.
Mesa goalies Brad Brandenburg and Zach Weaver combined to make 10 saves.