Mavericks win lengthy slugfest with Mines

Friday nights have become a scorefest for the Mesa State College baseball team.

One week after losing to Nebraska-Kearney 24-18 at Suplizio Field, the Mavericks held on to defeat Colorado School of Mines 16-12 in a 31⁄2-hour game in Golden.

Mesa (19-11, 15-7 RMAC) scored in every inning except the first two and seemed to have a handle on the game by scoring five runs in the fourth for a 6-2 lead. Ken Evanson hit a grand slam and Brett Nigbur a solo home run in the inning.

Evanson, the Mavs’ leadoff hitter, went 2 for 5, scored three runs and drove in four, Nigbur went 3 for 4 with two RBI and scored twice.

However, the Orediggers (6-19, 3-17) came up with three runs in the bottom of the inning off Scott Bachman, who was relieved by Taylor Hamilton, who threw four pitches to get out of the inning.

Hamilton, though, gave up three runs in the sixth to fall behind 9-8. Mesa scored four in the seventh on a two-run home run by Marty Rover and a two-run double by Kevin Becker.

The Mavs added two in the eighth and two in the ninth when Nigbur walked and went to third on Ryan Shelton’s double to right-center. Peter Arakawa followed with a two-run triple to right-center.

T.J. Stastny gave up a leadoff home run in the ninth and had runners at second and third before being replaced by closer Jack Amidei. After two strikeouts, he threw a wild pitch to allow a run. Amidei walked a batter, then struck out Bryan Coday to end the game.

Derek Riley, the third of five Mesa State pitchers, got the win, pitching 12⁄3 innings and allowing one run.


Central can’t seem to catch a break.

Friday, an error-filled sixth inning hurt the Warriors in a 7-4 loss at Durango.

“We fell apart in the sixth,” Central coach Chuck Yost said.

The Warriors took a 4-3 lead into the sixth inning before three errors allowed the Demons to score four runs.

The Warriors committed six errors.

Central (2-7, 0-2 Southwestern League) looks to get its first SWL win today against Montezuma-Cortez.

“It’s life or death if we want to stay competitive in the league,” Yost said.

Grand Junction 10, Montezuma-Cortez 6: The Tigers (11-2, 4-0 SWL) exploded for seven runs in the second inning to take a 7-1 lead and held on for the league win.

“In the second, we had four triples and two doubles,” Grand Junction coach Kyle Rush said. “After that, we had some things go against us, and we are happy to leave with a win.”

Andy Willett and Michael McGovern each doubled and tripled. The Tigers had nine extra-base hits, including six triples.

“We drove the ball really well,” Rush said. “It’s a huge field, and these were stand-up triples, we weren’t digging to get them.”

Steve Baldwin pitched six innings for the Tigers, striking out three. Grand Junction plays at Durango today.


Grand Junction took care of Montezuma-Cortez 5-0 and plays at Durango today. Ashley Wallace scored a goal and added two assists on goals by Kyleigh Larson and Victoria Rentie.


As a warm-up for today’s Phil Krause Tournament, Grand Junction defeated Denver East 4-3. In singles, the Tigers were led by Samantha Weinberg, who defeated Alexandra Pash 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 at No. 3. In doubles, Grand Junction’s No. 2 team of Kylie Pond and Margeaux Prinster defeated Samantha Eiselman and Ira Bykova 7-6, 4-6, 7-6.


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