Mavs’ bats wake up in DH sweep of Pueblo
Colorado Mesa’s baseball team came up with the clutch hits when it needed them Saturday.
The 22nd-ranked Mavericks scored late in both games to sweep CSU-Pueblo in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader at Rawlings Field. Colorado Mesa defeated CSU-Pueblo 6-4 in the first game and 10-4 in the second game.
“The scary thing about (hitting) is that doesn’t mean we’re swinging the bats any better,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “Until the second game, we haven’t swung the bats well with runners in scoring position.”
The Mavericks (23-7, 17-4 RMAC) pushed its lead for first place in the RMAC to five games over CSU-Pueblo (16-16, 12-9 RMAC), but New Mexico Highlands (17-15, 14-8 RMAC) moved ahead of the ThunderWolves in the Plains Division and into second place in the conference.
Mesa scored four runs in the sixth inning of the first game to rally for a 5-3 lead.
Sergio Valenzuela came through with a two-strike, two-out, two-run single to tie the game 3-3. Jordan Liester followed with a two-run single for a 5-3 lead.
Matt Allen (5-1) limited CSU-Pueblo to one run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings of relief for the victory.
In the second game, the Mavericks broke a 4-4 tie with six runs in the seventh inning.
Garrett Carpenter singled and scored on Austin Kaiser’s double down the left-field line. Liester singled home Kaiser for a 6-4 lead. Two batters later, Kevin Mitchell delivered a grand slam for a 10-4 lead.
Two CSU-Pueblo players were ejected after arguing Kaiser’s double was foul, Hanks said.
Kaiser was 3 for 6 with a home run and two RBI in the doubleheader. The senior is hitting .518 for the season.
Cody Lahman (2-1) picked up the victory in relief in the second game. The senior limited CSU-Pueblo to two hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Colorado Mesa hit four home runs to defeat Fort Lewis 13-3 and pick up a split in an RMAC doubleheader in Durango.
The Skyhawks defeated Mesa 8-4 in the first game.
Jessica Severinsen hit two of the four home runs in the second game, including a three-run shot in the third inning.
The Mavericks (16-14, 15-9 RMAC) broke open the game with seven runs in the fourth.
Madelyn Schulz hit a three-run home run, followed by Makayla Kovac and Severinsen with solo shots in the inning for a 9-0 lead.
“That was fun to watch,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said.
The Mavs’ Karissa Nickeson was 4 for 4 with three RBI.
Ashley Pulido (6-5) took care of the Fort Lewis bats, limiting the Skyhawks to three runs on four hits and striking out eight in the five-inning, run-rule game.
The Skyhawks (20-16, 16-10 RMAC) used a five-run second inning to spark their victory in the first game. Chelsea Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in the inning.
Fort Lewis added three runs in the sixth. Severinsen (8-6) allowed a bases-loaded walk, another run scored on an error, and the third scored on a sacrifice fly. She allowed six earned runs on eight hits, three walks and hit three batters.
Sarah Phillis had two hits for Mesa in the first game.
Track & Field
Cameron Morley and Ryan Reasoner led Colorado Mesa’s men’s team at the Air Force Relays.
Morley took second in the decathlon (5,199 points), Reasoner was third (4,665 points) and Nick Patton was fourth (4,396).
Whitney Rowe led the women with a first-place finish in the long jump (18 feet, 6 inches). Bacall Sterling placed third in the heptathlon (4,543 points).