Mavs score pair in ninth to top T-Wolves
Colton Schoelkopf singled home the go-ahead run Friday in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Colorado Mesa University baseball team to a 5-3 win over RMAC rival CSU-Pueblo in the first game of a four-game series at Rawlings Field in Pueblo.
Nolan Snell, the RMAC and national pitcher of the week, had another solid outing for the Mavericks (9-4, 4-1 RMAC).
Snell (4-0) allowed three runs on six hits. He struck out 11, walked only two and threw 139 pitches, 94 for strikes.
Mesa took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on a bases-loaded triple by Schoelkopf after three straight singles.
Schoelkopf, the Mavs’ sophomore catcher, went 2 for 4 with four RBI. Colton Little, Justin Rosales and Mitch Corwin had all singled ahead of Schoelkopf to open the inning.
The ThunderWolves (6-8, 3-2) tied it with one run in the third and two in the sixth.
In the top of the ninth, Colorado Mesa pinch hitter Tim Fowler hit a two-out double down the right field line and Bobby Cozine came in to run.
Schoelkopf singled to center, scoring Cozine, and Tamatoa Demello singled. He took second on a fielding error by right fielder J.T. Greenhood, allowing Schoelkopf to score an insurance run.
Snell got Greenhood to pop up to second to open the bottom of the ninth, then struck out Michael Wagner and caught Cameron Hart looking at a third strike.
Little went 2 for 4 for the Mavericks, who had nine hits against two CSU-Pueblo pitchers.
The teams play a doubleheader starting at 1 this afternoon and wrap up the series at noon Sunday.