Mavs split baseball DH in Denver
Colorado Mesa’s baseball team picked up a split in a pair of added nonconference games Tuesday in Denver.
The 25th-ranked Mavericks followed a 9-7 loss to Metro State with a 7-2 victory over CSU-Pueblo. Mesa (17-6) recently added the two games after inclement weather cost it five games earlier this season.
Trent Allianic picked up his first victory with Mesa in his first start. The junior limited CSU-Pueblo to one earned run on four hits in five innings. He walked two batters and struck out three.
Allianic received all the help he needed in the second inning.
Tony Audino delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded, and Colton Schoelkopf came through with a two-run double to left-center for a 4-0 lead. Schoelkopf later scored on a balk for a 5-0 lead.
The ThunderWolves (13-12) scored twice in the third, but Mesa added two runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Garrett Carpenter and Jason Ross.
Matt Allen struck out five in four innings of relief to earn his first save with Mesa.
Metro State (5-14) rallied from a 6-0 deficit to defeat the Mavericks 9-7 earlier at Auraria Field.
The Roadrunners started their rally with a six-run fifth inning and scored their final three runs off three Mesa errors.
Nick Comito reached on an error and scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the eighth inning. Darryl Baca followed with a run-scoring single. Baca was 4 for 5 with two RBI.
Mesa reliever Cody Lahman (1-1) allowed both unearned runs in the eighth. David Johnson allowed three runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings in the start.
The Mavericks built a 6-0 lead with a four-run fifth inning. Two of the four runs were unearned.
Austin Wallingford, who played left field and batted second in both games, was selected the RMAC player of the week.
The junior hit .600 (9 for 15) in the weekend series against New Mexico Highlands. He hit two doubles and a home run, drove in five runs, scored 10 times and stole one base.
The Mavericks scored 10 goals in the second half to pull away for a 16-6 victory over George Fox (Ore.) University in Newberg, Ore.
George Fox is an NCAA Division III program.
Freshman Haley Kroll scored five goals, and Ashley Eickhoff had four goals to lead the Mavericks (4-3). Allie Henderson, Lexie Chavez and Kayla Lyall each scored two goals. Zoe Aldous had one goal for Mesa.
The Bruins (3-5) scored three consecutive goals late in the first half to get within one goal.
Loren Forney cut six strokes off her first-round score in the second round to finish 15th in the Cal State-Monterey Bay Otter Invitational in Seaside, Calif.
Forney tied with teammate Sara Swaney with a two-round score of 158.
The Mavericks were seventh with a score of 645. Cal State-East Bay won the team title with 629 strokes. Augustana (S.D.) and Cal State-Monterey Bay tied for second at 632.
Andrea Castellanos of East Bay and Audra Kepler of Monterey Bay tied for first with a four-over-par 148.
Mesa’s Zoe Woodworth tied for 27th with a 163, Rachel Cavalier scored 169, and Taylor Walters shot 170.
Colorado Mesa’s men rolled to a 9-0 victory over Dallas Baptist, but the Patriots’ women won the final singles match for a 5-4 victory in Dallas.
The men (5-5) won all six singles matches in straight sets. Jordan Lyden had the biggest challenge at No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Dallas Baptist’s Leah Rutt defeated Mesa’s Natalie Martin 7-5, 6-3 in the decisive No. 1 singles match.
Mesa (8-7) won two of the three doubles matches and two singles matches.
Kristyn Wykert won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles, and Katie Kirby won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6.