Davis joins Mesa State pitching rotation

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Track & Field

Alexis Skarda has already qualified for the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships in the mile.

The Mesa State sophomore will try to qualify for nationals in the 800-meter run Friday and Saturday at the RMAC Championships in Golden.

Skarda, one of 14 Mesa State athletes competing, is one second off the automatic-qualifying time in the event.

Tennis

The Mesa State women’s team begins spring play Saturday against Dixie State College and the Academy of Arts (Calif.) College in St. George, Utah.

The Mavericks have four returning players from last season’s RMAC championship team, including preseason All-RMAC players Kate Lowder, Victoria Sargent and Kelleen Sera.



Kyle Davis did whatever was asked of him as a freshman last year.

He pitched in long relief and short relief, but never got a chance to start.

This year, the sophomore is one of four returning pitchers from Mesa State’s NCAA Division II World Series team and is getting a shot at starting.

“I’ve learned a lot,” Davis said. “I try to be a leader as much as I can and help out the younger guys.”

Davis missed the first two weeks of the season with biceps tendinitis.

He was scheduled to start last weekend whom the Mavericks’ attempt to play some games were canceled because of snow.

“We scrimmaged last Saturday,” Mesa State coach Chris Hanks said. “It was mucky, but we got it in. We played 12 innings Sunday.”

Davis, a right-hander who is looking for his first career college victory, is scheduled to start the first game of a doubleheader at noon Saturday against Metro State at Suplizio Field. Mesa State hosts the Roadrunners in a three-game RMAC series, with the first game at 3 p.m. on Friday at Suplizio Field. The teams will play a nonconference game at noon Sunday.

“I’m excited,” Davis said. “I feel like I know what I’m doing and can help the team get some wins, but the role doesn’t matter to me. It’s all the same atmosphere.”

Mesa State (2-4) and Metro State (3-3) have struggled to get games in this season. Each has lost six games to weather.

This weekend’s forecast doesn’t look much better. The National Weather Service is calling for a chance of rain Saturday and a chance of snow on Sunday.

“The hard thing is we have a lot of new personnel,” Hanks said. “We’re getting to know the kids. The non-league games are the prime opportunity to do that. We still have a lot to solve. Now, we have a lot on the line.

“We’ll try to not get overly concerned about the standings. We’ll try to stay on course and find our team. The objective being, with the weather, is to try to get settled with our lineup as quickly as we can.”

Scott Bachman and Chris Shea are scheduled to start Games 1 and 3 of the series.

The Game 4 starter is yet to be determined pending who’s left to throw after the first three games, Hanks said.

Notes: Sophomore Chris Carpenter is out with a possible elbow injury. He is awaiting results of an MRI. Freshman Colton Vaughn, whom Hanks tabbed as the starting shortstop, tore the labrum in his left shoulder and is out for the year.


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