Mavericks keep lead in RMAC
The top two baseball teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference split a four-game series, with Colorado Mesa having the final say in a 20-4 rout of New Mexico Highlands on Sunday.
With the win, the Mavericks (16-5, 11-3 RMAC) retained the overall lead in the conference. Mesa leads the Mountain Division, with the Cowboys (13-12, 10-5) atop the Plains Division.
Behind a 22-hit attack, the Mavericks also got solid pitching from Kyle Davis (3-0), who allowed four runs on eight hits in his five innings and Mesa He struck out two and walked three. Mesa brought Garrett Carpenter in from left field to finish, and he picked up a four-inning save by allowing three hits and striking out two. It was Carpenter’s third appearance and he has yet to give up a run, earning two saves.
Offensively, Mesa got untracked in the third inning, putting up five runs. Derrick Garcia, hitting in the No. 9 spot, had a big day, going 4 for 5 with three RBI and scoring four runs. Garcia hit a one-out home run to start Mesa’s first big inning, with Austin Kaiser adding a three-run shot in the inning. Mesa scored two more in the fifth and broke it open with a four-run sixth inning.
Tony Audino and Garcia led off with back-to-back doubles and Sergio Valenzuela, who went 4 for 6, singled to put runners on the corners. Garcia scored when Austin Wallingford grounded into a double play, but Kaiser followed with a double, Garrett Woodward beat out an infield single and Nate Robertson doubled home two runs.
After Highlands scored three runs in the sixth, the Mavericks put three more up in the seventh, with Kaiser hitting a two-run double and Robertson an RBI single. Colorado Mesa added four more in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Kaiser finished 4 for 6, scored three runs and drove in six. Valenzuela scored four runs, as did Wallingford. Robertson, who went 3 for 4, had five RBI. Mesa’s defense turned three double plays and the Mavericks hit seven doubles, one triple and two home runs. Garcia had three of the Mavericks’ doubles.
Jessica Severinsen pitched and hit Colorado Mesa to a 2-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader split at Adams State. The Mavericks dropped the final game of the four-game series 9-1 in five innings.
Severinsen went 2 for 3, drove in both Mesa runs and scored one in the opener. She doubled home Madelyn Schulz with two out in the first inning, when the Mavericks left the bases loaded.
In the third, Severinsen hit her ninth home run of the season, a two-out shot.
In the pitching circle, she gave up one run on three hits and struck out three. She did not walk a batter and faced only 24 hitters in her seven innings.
The Grizzlies got a good pitching performance in the second game from Lauren Murphy Payne, who struck out five and allowed only two hits in the first four innings.
Adams State scored four runs in the third inning off CMU starter Jo Bolyard to take a 5-0 lead, then scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth off Severinsen. Mesa’s only run came in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Makayla Kovac. The split tightened the conference race, with the Mavericks (14-10, 13-5 RMAC) one game ahead of the Grizzlies (16-14, 14-6).
Stephen Dunn scored five goals for the Mavericks in an 11-9 victory over Rollins (Fla.) College in the first of three games in Florida over spring break for Mesa (3-0).
Colorado Mesa took 41 shots to 29 for Rollins (5-4), with Austin Pridham scoring three goals. Dunn’s first goal came early in the first quarter as the Mavericks took a 3-1 lead. Rollins tied it at 5-5 by halftime, but Dunn scored twice in the third quarter and Pridham added a key goal with only 15 seconds left in the third, taking a pass from Michael Giffen and scoring.
After Rollins scored early in the fourth quarter, Pridham and Dunn scored within three minutes of one another, and when Rollins pulled to within one goal at 10-9 with 6:30 remaining, Dylan Duresky sealed it with an unassisted goal with only 1:31 to play and Mesa forced a turnover with 14 seconds left.
Mesa goalie Brad Brandenburg made 11 saves for the win.