Mesa State’s bats stay silent in doubleheader sweep at UC-San Diego
The Mesa State College baseball team left too many opportunities on the bases Saturday, and No. 2-ranked UC-San Diego took advantage in a 3-2, 11-inning win over the No. 17 Mavericks.
“They got the timely hit in the end,” Mesa State coach Chris Hanks said. “They out-executed us, but we are right there playing with them.”
The Mavericks tied the game at 2-2 in the ninth inning on an RBI groundout by Erik Nordine that scored Colton Little.
Jonah Northrop won the game for the Tritons with an RBI single in the 11th.
“It was a regional type atmosphere,” Hanks said. “But we have to swing it better, we had runners in scoring position and didn’t get hits.”
The Mavericks (0-3) left eight runners on base in the game.
The Tritons got only four hits off Mesa State starter Dylan Evens, who went seven innings and struck out four.
“Our pitching has matched up real well,” Hanks said.
Taylor Hamilton took the loss, pitching two innings and facing 11 batters.
After the close loss in the first game, the Mavs fell 3-0 in the second game.
The two teams were scoreless for five innings before UCSD scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Mavericks managed only two hits off Tritons starter Daniel Simmons.
“We’ve had opportunities in all three games to win,” Hanks said. “We have competed everywhere but the plate.”
The Mesa State men’s basketball team outlasted Western New Mexico for a 56-54 road win.
The Mavericks fell behind 24-16 at halftime but outscored the Mustangs 40-30 in the second half.
“We had a hard time early,” Mesa State associate head coach Andy Shantz said. “But we got them broken down and tried to attack the basket.”
Mesa State (16-7, 12-7 RMAC) had four players in double figures, led by Colton Burgon’s 14 points and nine rebounds. Nate Nelson and Kalonji Paschal both added 11 points.
Burgon put the Mavericks ahead 55-47 with 2:40 remaining. The Cowboys made a push, but TJ Riley’s 3-pointer to tie the game fell short.
“Colton is consistent,” Shantz said. “With his style of play, he gets rewarded for always being around the basket.”
The Mustangs (12-14, 12-7 RMAC) made only 4 of 25 3-pointers.
“We did a good job with gap discipline and they had to settle for jump shots,” Shantz said. “We caught them on a night where shots weren’t going in.”
The Mavericks moved into a tie for sixth place with the Mustangs, and now own the tiebreaker over Western New Mexico.
“This win is huge for us,” Shantz said. “This is a new group and we are excited about where we are at with only three games left.”
The Mesa State women’s basketball team responded in a big way to Friday night’s loss at New Mexico Highlands with a convincing 73-39 win Saturday at Western New Mexico.
“I thought the kids were really sharp tonight,” Mesa State coach Roger Walters said. “We moved the ball better than we did all year and we were really balanced.”
Kelsey Sigl led the Mavericks (15-8, 12-7 RMAC) with 16 points. Tara Gehring had 14 points and Katrina Selsor had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mavericks were up 17 points at halftime, and Walters said he was impressed with the Mavericks’ execution.
“Our focus was there for all 40 minutes,” Walters said. “It says a lot about the group how they responded really well tonight.”
track and field
Mesa State’s Alexis Skarda won two events Saturday at the Air Force Invitational.
Skarda, a sophomore, won the 1-mile run in 5 minutes, 5.32 seconds. She finished nine seconds ahead of second-place finisher Staci Foster of CU.
Skarda also won the 3,000-meter run in 10:14.34. Skarda finished an impressive 16 seconds ahead of Lindsey Sowards of BYU.