Mavs blank Rangers to extend lead in RMAC
Three Colorado Mesa pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout Saturday in the Mavericks’ 6-0 victory over Regis, wrapping up the sweep of the key RMAC baseball series in Denver.
The Mavericks (30-8, 22-2 RMAC) inched closer to another conference championship, building a seven-game lead on Regis (24-15, 17-11) with a dozen conference games to play. The win ran Mesa’s winning streak to 17 games.
Jake Mielock (2-1) was impressive in his second straight start since missing all of last season after Tommy John surgery, throwing 5 1/3 innings and allowing only two hits. He walked six and struck out three, with Jett Wodiuk giving up one hit in 1 2/3 innings.
Tyler Day, who has been outstanding in relief, allowed one hit over the final two innings to preserve the shutout, Mesa’s sixth of the season.
Andrew Contreras went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs, with a pair of run-scoring singles in the first and sixth innings.
Matt Haggerty continued his hot hitting with a one-out double in the first and scored when Kyle Serrano singled up the middle ahead of back-to-back singles by Bligh Madris and Contreras.
Colorado Mesa, ranked No. 11, had 13 hits, with Haggerty and Madris each going 2 for 5. All but two starters had at least one hit.
The only hiccup Mielock had was walking batters, with two in the first inning — then getting a called third strike with two out — and hitting a batter and walking another in the second. He got himself out of trouble every time the Rangers threatened.
With two on and one out in the sixth, Wodiuk came out of the bullpen and struck out his first batter and got leadoff hitter Max Fabricant to ground out. He stranded a pair of runners in the seventh.
Day walked the first batter he faced in the eight, but a double play erased him, and in the ninth, retired the Rangers in order.
Mesa continues RMAC play with a four-game series at Adams State, which begins Friday in Alamosa.
McKenzie Surface avenged Friday’s 2-1 loss to Regis by throwing a five-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader sweep of Regis.
Mesa’s speed produced the only run of the game. Zoe Pakes led off the third inning with a double, and pinch-runner Courtney Robbins took third on Tyneesha Houkamau’s sacrifice bunt. Baylee Boren beat out a bunt, and on Maggie Manwarren’s bunt, Robbins was thrown out at the plate.
Alex Dufour took a called third strike, but reached on an error by the Regis catcher, allowing Boren to score.
The No. 11 Mavericks (35-5, 28-3 RMAC) got a solo home run from Pakes in the fifth inning to give themselves a little breathing room in a 5-2 victory in the final game of the series.
Up 2-0 after Boren was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Manwarren followed with an RBI single in the second inning, Kaila Jacobi drove home Brook Hodgson in the third with a base hit for a 3-0 lead.
Regis scored two in the bottom of the third, but Pakes answered with her home run, and in the seventh AnnMarie Torres singled home Dufour.
Kimbri Herring (11-0) allowed three hits and struck out three, with the Rangers scoring both runs off Andy Hancock, who gave up three hits and threw a wild pitch. Hancock faced only three batters before Herring returned to finish the game.
The Mavs are at Colorado Christian on Saturday and Sunday before finishing the regular season at home against CSU-Pueblo the following weekend.