Pitching helps Mavs sweep DH vs. CCU
Colorado Mesa’s baseball team relied on two strong pitching performances Friday and solid defense to continue another win streak.
The fourth-ranked Mavericks defeated Colorado Christian 11-1 and 3-1 in an Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader at Runyon Field in Pueblo. The doubleheader was moved to Pueblo from All-Star Park in Lakewood because of weather and field conditions.
Colorado Mesa (32-6, 26-2 RMAC), on a seven-game win streak, clinched an RMAC tournament berth. The Mavericks will host the RMAC tournament May 8-11 at Suplizio Field.
Mesa starting pitchers Nolan Snell and Matt Williams didn’t need much help.
They combined to throw 14 of 16 innings played in the doubleheader.
Snell (6-1) limited the Cougars to one run on seven hits, four walks and eight strikeouts, pitching seven innings of the nine-inning first game. Tyler Dunnington gave up two hits and struck out three in two innings of relief.
Williams (5-1) gave up one run on four hits, one walk and struck out three in a seven-inning complete game in the nightcap.
“We had strong pitching performances from both Nolan and Matt,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “They gave us a chance to win from the outset. Their command was good and they pitched ahead in the count. We swung the bats pretty well. Christian pitched well in the second game.”
Snell got all the run support he needed in the first inning when the Mavs scored four runs on hits by Braden Box, Mitch Corwin and Jake Kluge. A fourth run scored on a wild pitch.
Box, who broke Mesa’s career stolen bases record with three steals on the day, was 5 for 6 with three RBI. Corwin was 3 for 5 with two RBI. Box has 68 stolen bases in his career.
Williams gave up one run in the first inning of the second game, but shut down the Cougars the rest of the way.
The Mavericks scored all three runs in the third inning.
Corwin singled home Box to tie the game, then Justin Rosales delivered a two-out, two-run single to left.
Mesa had opportunities to score more, but left 10 runners on base. The Mavs left 11 on base in the first game.
“We left several guys in scoring position,” Hanks said. “We had chances to make it interesting. They had the tying run on second base a couple times, but Matt pitched out of that.”
The Mavericks scored a season high 19 goals in a 19-5 victory over McKendree (Ill.) University in Lebanon, Ill.
Allie Henderson led Colorado Mesa (3-8, 3-4 WILA) with five goals and one assist. Ashley Eickhoff scored five goals. Paige Amme and Kelsey Krebs had two each.
Mesa’s three Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association victories are the most in a season since the program started in 2011.
The Mavericks scored the first six goals of the game and seven of nine to close the first half for a 13-3 lead. Mesa scored the last five goals of the game.
McKendree (1-12, 0-8 WILA) is a first-year program.
Track & Field
Whitney Rowe placed 50th overall in the Mt. Sac Relays women’s open 100-meter dash in Walnut, Calif.
The Colorado Mesa sophomore was seventh in her heat in 12.27 seconds in her first Mt. Sac Relay. She qualified for the meet in 11.94 seconds two weeks ago.
Colorado Mesa freshman Jordan Riggins and sophomore Shane Niksic competed in the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif.
Riggins placed 13th in the men’s 100 dash in 10.84 seconds, .24 of a second off of a provisional time. He was 13th in the 200 in 21.80 seconds, .35 of a second off a provisional time.
Niksic took 23rd in the 800 in 1 minute, 55.29 seconds. He has already posted a Division II provisional qualifying time.
The NCAA takes the top provisional times to complete an event field for the NCAA championships.