Mav pitchers blank Dixie in DH sweep
Colorado Mesa pitchers combined to throw two shutouts to sweep Dixie State (Utah) College in a baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Suplizio Field.
Division I transfer Nevin Wilson and sophomore Matt Allen combined for a 2-0 victory in the first game, and Joey Danner and Dakota Behr combined for 1-0 victory in the nightcap.
Wilson, a transfer from Vanderbilt, didn’t give up a run or a hit, but he issued five walks and hit three batters and settled for a no-decision in 4 2/3 innings.
“It was good to get that first one under my belt,” Wilson said. “I did not sleep well the past couple nights. This is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.”
The left-handed junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., credited Dixie’s approach at the plate, but he added he has to do a better job.
“They have good hitters,” Wilson said. “They’re going to battle in any count. They’re not going to strike out. I need to do a better job with my mechanics. Obviously, I was a little nervous out there. That was on me. I shouldn’t be like that with the defense we have and the offense we have. I’m just glad we got the win. That’s all that matters.”
Wilson transferred to Colorado Mesa last summer after two years at Vanderbilt. He pitched 3 2/3 innings in three appearances in two years with the Commodores.
Allen got the victory in relief. He allowed two hits and struck out three in 4 1/3 innings.
Tony Audino singled home a run in the second inning for the Mavericks, and Nate Robertson hit a solo home run in the third.
In the second game, Danner limited the Red Storm to no runs on five hits in six innings for the victory.
“It was a pitcher’s duel, but that’s what makes it fun,” Danner said. “The guys had my back all day. It’s pretty easy to win when the team plays that well.”
Danner got some help from his defense in the second inning when shortstop Robertson threw out Dixie’s Austin Bartleson at home on a relay from left fielder Garrett Carpenter. Bartleson slowed up rounding third, thinking Dalton Gust’s double cleared the left-field wall, but apparently he lost it in the white paint on the wall.
The Mavericks (3-0) loaded the bases in the fourth, but didn’t score until the fifth on Kennedy Kinkade’s home run into the left-field bleachers.
Behr struck out two in the final inning for his first career save.
Colorado Mesa gave up seven runs on two errors and two hits in the eighth inning of a 12-7 loss to Eastern New Mexico, then was shut out 8-0 by eighth-ranked West Texas A&M in the West Texas Invitational in Canyon, Texas.
The Mavericks (0-4) forced extra innings with Eastern New Mexico despite committing seven errors in the game. Mesa allowed 10 unearned runs.
Jessica Severinsen (0-2) allowed two earned runs on 15 hits and struck out four against Eastern New Mexico. Makayla Kovac was 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBI.
West Texas A&M pitcher Rita Hokianga limited the Mavericks to one hit, a single by Madelyn Schulz in the first inning, in the Buffaloes’ victory.
West Texas A&M scored two runs in the third inning and six in the fourth of the five-inning, run-rule game.