CMU errors lead to 11-inning loss to Pueblo
Colorado Mesa needed one out Sunday to clinch its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball series against CSU-Pueblo.
Instead, the Mavs walked in one run and gave up a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth, which sent the fourth game of the series to extra innings.
Again, CMU needed one out after picking up a run in the top of the 10th, but a wild pitch and an error with two out allowed the ThunderWolves to tie the game again, and Pueblo eventually won it 9-8 in the 11th inning and split the series by winning two extra-inning games.
The Mavericks (23-8, 17-5 RMAC) spotted the ThunderWolves (17-16, 13-9) a four-run lead in the first when Kyle Davis struggled out of the gate. After allowing four runs on three hits in the first on a two-run triple and a two-run double, Davis shut the T-Wolves down the next six innings. He struck out six and walked three in his seven innings, and left with a 7-4 lead.
The bullpen, though, couldn’t finish it, allowing three runs in the bottom of the ninth, all with two out.
Garrett Carpenter led off the 10th with a base hit and Austin Kaiser beat out a bunt to third. With one out, Nate Robertson loaded with bases with a base hit to right and Kyle Serrano grounded to short. Robertson was forced out, but Kaiser scored the go-ahead run before Kevin Mitchell flied out to left-center.
Pueblo tied it again in the 10th when, with a runner on second, Ryan Reno, the fifth of six CMU pitchers to work, uncorked a wild pitch, sending Lawrence Chavez to third.
A ground ball to second could have gotten the Mavs out of the inning, but Mitchell couldn’t hold onto the throw at first, allowing Chavez to score.
After the Mavericks couldn’t get a runner on in the 11th, the ThunderWolves got back-to-back singles off Cody Lahman. With one out, Eddie Williams grounded to second, and Kevan Elcock’s throw to second sailed wide, allowing Lonny Schoon to score the winning run.
Serrano, a freshman catcher out of Central High School, went 2 for 5 and drove in three runs for the Mavericks, who retained their lead in the Mountain Division and the overall conference lead.
Despite hitting four doubles and two home runs, Colorado Mesa dropped the first game of a doubleheader to Fort Lewis 7-6 before coming back to win the second game 8-5 and split the four-game RMAC series in Durango.
The Mavericks took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but an infield single allowed the tying run to score, and with the bases loaded, Jessica Severinsen threw a wild pitch, allowing Myndee Thompson to score the winning run.
Severinsen hit her 12th home run of the season in the fifth inning to give the Mavericks (17-15, 16-10 RMAC) a 3-1 lead, but she allowed two runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth. She doubled home one run in the top of the sixth and Sarah Phillis reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Makayla Kovac to score for a 5-3 lead. Karissa Nickeson scored what appeared to be an insurance run in the top of the seventh when she hit her fourth home run of the season.
In the second game, Ashley Pulido shut the Skyhawks out for four innings and Mesa scored five runs over the first three innings. Once Fort Lewis (21-17, 17-11) pulled within 5-2, Mesa scored three runs in the sixth inning to go up 8-2.
Madelyn Schulz reached on an error, scoring Tawnee Woosley, who had walked, and Kovac followed with her third double of the game, scoring Schulz. Kovac came across on Severinsen’s base hit up the middle.
The Skyhawks got one run in the bottom of the sixth and threatened again in the seventh when Chelsea Rodriguez hit a two-run home run, but with one out and runners at first and second, Pulido struck out Hayley Bolyard and got Mariah Stuart to fly out to center.
Pulido (7-5) struck out three in the complete game.
Haley Kroll scored three goals for the Mavericks, but they couldn’t stop Fort Lewis’ potent attack of Abby Kvidera and Jessica Norby, who scored three goals each in the Skyhawks’ 10-8 RMAC victory in Durango.
Fort Lewis (6-5, 3-1 RMAC) led 4-3 at halftime, with Norby scoring two goals. Rachael Sutton got the Mavericks (5-4, 0-1) within one goal at the break when she beat the keeper with only one second left in the first half.
Kroll scored all three of her goals in the second half, the third one coming with 4:18 left to play, giving her 24 goals for the season.