Bodenchuk’s incredible feat lifts Mesa to win
To hit for the cycle in baseball is an accomplishment not easy to come by.
Mesa State’s Matt Bodenchuk not only completed the feat Saturday at Suplizio Field, but also did it in rare form.
In a 25-10 blowout in the first game of a three-game nonconference series against Regis University (7-4), Bodenchuk hit a single, double, triple and home run. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the fifth-year senior did it in order.
“It was the first time I did that, which is pretty cool,” Bodenchuk said. “I just tried to have the same approach at every at-bat.”
Mesa State coach Chris Hanks said he cannot remember another player hitting for the cycle since he began coaching the Mavericks.
“To do it in order, what are the odds of that. It is like getting the Powerball number,” Hanks said. “The cycle in order is unique and Matt was dialed in.”
The Mavericks swept the doubleheader, taking the second game 10-2. The teams wrap up the three-game series at noon today.
Bodenchuk drove in at least one run on every hit, finishing with six in the game. He began it with a two-run single in the second inning. That helped put the Mavericks (7-2) ahead 7-6.
In the third inning, Bodenchuk crushed a double to score Mike Provencher and pushed the Mavericks’ lead to 11-7. He added an RBI triple in the fifth inning and entered his final at-bat in the seventh needing a home run to complete the cycle.
“I knew going into my last at-bat that I was a home run away,” Bodenchuk said. “I wasn’t trying to hit a home run; I just wanted a good pitch to hit and drive and it worked out for me.”
Bodenchuk’s cycle-completing two-run home run put Mesa up 23-10. Bodenchuk said the entire team was eager to get after the Regis pitchers, which showed in the Mavs’ 26 hits in the first game.
“Even when there is a good pitcher on the mound, it is only a matter of time before we get to him,” Bodenchuk said. “He loses a little velocity or a little on the breaking ball and we will get to him.”
Bodenchuk was one of eight Maverick players to get at least two hits, including Kevin Becker and Provencher, both of whom had three hits in the first game.
Hanks said he was curious of how the players would respond in the second game after a 25-run output. The Mavericks didn’t disappoint, taking a 5-0 lead on the way to the 10-2 win.
“Five runs in the first alleviates any pressure,” Hanks said. “The guys kept their composure and fought all day, so I’m happy about that.”
The Mavericks had solid pitching performances in both games, beginning with Scott Bachman’s five innings of relief of T.J. Butch in the opener and Chris Carma and Brent Lamaster combining for a 2-hitter in the second game.
“This is the first time since I have been here that Mesa has really good pitching depth,” Bodenchuk said. “Today our starter (Butch) didn’t have it but that didn’t matter, because we have seven or eight guys that are shut-down type guys.”