Briefs: Mesa State Roundup March 15, 2009
• Mavs baseball team tops Colo. Christian
Colorado Christian tried to steal another victory Saturday from the Mesa State College baseball team, but the fourth-ranked Mavericks held on.
Mesa State (20-5, 10-2 RMAC) survived to sweep Colorado Christian 11-7 and 10-6 at All-Star Park in Lakewood.
“It was a tough day,” Mesa State coach Chris Hanks said. “They played well. They pitched well and swung the bats. They challenged us more than anybody in the conference (other than) Game 1 (of the series).”
The Cougars (9-15, 3-7) came back to score every time Mesa State tried to pull away in the first game and built a 6-1 lead in the second game before the Mavericks rallied.
Matt Bodenchuk sparked the Mavericks’ rally in the second game with a three-run home run in a nine-run sixth inning and drove in two more runs later in the inning on a single. He was 5 for 8 with six RBI in the sweep and was 9 for 15 with 12 RBI in the series.
Brent Lamaster (2-0) shut out the Cougars in five innings of relief, allowing seven hits with nine strikeouts.
Scott Bachman (2-0) picked up the victory in relief in the first game.
Mesa State broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the sixth to take the lead for good in the first game.
Mesa freshman Chase Moore had an RBI double and Andrew Martinez singled home a run.
• Mesa State’s inability to hit with runners on base once again cost the Mavericks, who were swept 8-2 and 7-0 by Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
The Mavs (7-11, 3-9 RMAC) stranded two runners in the third and fourth innings in the first-game loss, then left a whopping 17 runners on in the second game, including having the bases loaded twice.
In the fourth and sixth innings, the Mavs loaded the bases with one out but each time failed to get a run home.
In the fourth inning, Sara Jordan and Katie Mitchell walked around a strikeout by Ashlee Duffy, and Stacy Ball singled to center to load the bases. Jamie Prather, though, popped up to second and Dani Vallie flied out to right.
In the sixth, Mitchell singled and took second on a wild pitch. After Ball flied out, Prather and Vallie were hit by pitches to load the bases.
A wild pitch by reliever Liz Kramer moved Prather and Vallie up a base, but Mitchell was thrown out at the plate. After Lita Romero walked to load the bases again, Gabi Parri flied out to center.
Jordan allowed 12 hits, all singles, to the Orediggers
(17-10, 9-3), who set the tone for the day by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning of the opener.
The teams play another doubleheader today in Golden.