Little breaks slump to help Mesa rout Adams

Colorado Mesa University baseball coach Chris Hanks had a hunch third baseman Colton Little would break out after a slow start to his senior season.

Hanks predicted Little would snap out of his hitting slump earlier this week. He was right.

Little, who was hitting .268 entering the series, was 4 for 4 with a grand slam to lead the No. 11 Mavericks to a 21-2 rout of Adams State in the teams’ first game in 37 years Thursday in Alamosa.

Adams State (7-19, 6-9 RMAC) is in its first year with baseball since it dropped the program in 1976.

The No. 11 Mavericks 
(20-5, 14-1 RMAC) have won 16 of their past 17 games after a 4-4 start.

Little’s grand slam in the third inning gave Mesa a 6-0 lead.

Mesa added five runs in the fourth with six consecutive hits, all with two outs for an 11-1 lead. Nate Robertson got the rally started with a single. Braden Box had a two-run double in the inning.

The Mavericks added two runs in the fifth on a Robertson home run, one in the sixth on a Jordan Moore-Leister home run, four in the seventh and three in the ninth.

Robertson was 4 for 4 with three RBI. Garrett Carpenter was 3 for 5 and pushed his hitting streak to 12 games. Austin Kaiser and Box were 2 for 5 with three RBI each.

Nolan Snell (5-1) limited the Grizzlies to one earned run on five hits. The senior right-hander struck out eight in seven innings.

Mesa plays Adams State in a doubleheader at noon today in Alamosa.

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