Mavs fall in series finale to Pueblo
The Colorado Mesa University baseball team ran out of rallies Sunday.
CSU-Pueblo’s Curtis Cowell hit a walkoff single to center to score Andrew Castaneda with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the ThunderWolves to a 6-5 victory and salvaging one game of the four-game RMAC series.
The Mavs won the first three games and kept answering Sunday, but couldn’t score more than one run in any inning.
Down 1-0, the ThunderWolves got a bases-loaded triple from J.T.Greenhood in the bottom of the third.
Mesa got one run back in the top of the fourth when Tamatoa Demello reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Justin Rosales, who had singled and taken third on Colton Schoelkopf’s base hit.
Jeff Popick added an RBI single in the fifth to tie the game, but CSU-Pueblo regained the lead with a two-run double in the sixth by Vinnie Mattivi.
Erik Kozel hit a two-out triple in the eighth and scored on Braden Box’s base hit and Demello’s RBI double in the top of the ninth tied the game.
The Mavericks scored five runs on 10 hits, with Rosales and Demello each going 2 for 4 and Schoelkopf 2 for 5.
Kris Carlson took the loss in relief of Garrett Carpenter, who allowed five runs on five hits with six strikeouts.
The Mavericks (11-5, 6-2 RMAC) play a doubleheader Tuesday at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, before resuming conference play at Canyon View Park Friday against Colorado School of Mines.
A furious second-half rally fell short for CMU, which lost 20-18 at Lake Erie (Ohio).
The Storm took a 16-9 lead in the first half, but the Mavericks (1-4) scored four goals in a seven-minute span early in the second half to cut it to 17-13. They pulled within one goal, 18-17, when Tayler Lansdown scored with 6:25 to play.
Lake Erie (2-1) responded with a goal at the 4:54 mark before Lansdown scored less than a minute later, again cutting the lead to one goal, 19-18.
With 2:50 to play, though, the Storm scored a power play goal and held on.
Allie Henderson and Amanda Simon each scored four goals for the Mavericks and Lansdown added three.