Mavs still perfect at home
Colorado Mesa’s baseball team continues to dominate at home this season.
The 17th-ranked Mavericks swept Colorado Christian in an RMAC doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Suplizio Field. Mesa won 13-2 and 14-1 to improve to 23-0 at home this season, breaking the 2009 mark of 22 consecutive home wins.
Colorado Mesa (30-8, 24-5 RMAC) plays Colorado Christian (7-32, 6-23 RMAC) in the series finale at 1 p.m. Saturday at Suplizio Field. It is the last home game for the seniors, who will be recognized before the game along with the youth baseball players of the Grand Valley for Grand Valley Appreciation Day.
Youth players wearing a baseball or softball uniform will be admitted free. Tickets are $5 for adults, students and senior citizens.
The Mavericks rallied from an early 3-0 deficit in the first game. Mesa scored three runs in the second, including two on sacrifice flies to tie the game 3-3.
The Mavs plated three more runs in the third for a 6-3 lead. Austin Wallingford had a sacrifice fly and Tony Audino singled home a run.
Mesa broke the game open in the fourth with seven runs.
Austin Kaiser doubled home a run to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Jordan Liester followed with a two-run single. Wallingford had another sacrifice fly then Audino drove two home on a base hit. He scored on Garrett Carpenter’s single.
Matt Delay (5-0) limited the Cougars to one earned run on six hits and struck out three in five innings.
“It was good,” Delay said. “It was still Friday. I was still in my routine, but I’ll throw where I’m needed to throw.”
Joey Danner retired the first nine Colorado Christian batters and pitched a shutout into the seventh inning of the second game.
The senior (6-2) limited the Cougars to one run on three hits and three walks in his second complete game of the season.
Colorado Christian starter Garrett Dollarhyde was also pitching a shutout until the fourth inning when Mesa scored three on a Liester three-run home run.
Mesa broke the game open with six runs in the fifth. Derrick Garcia had a three-run double. The Mavs added five in the sixth.
Kaiser went 3 for 5 with one RBI to extend his hitting streak to a Mesa season-high 15 games. He is hitting .514.
Austin Wallingford was 3 for 4 with two RBI and Sergio Valenzuela was 3 for 4 with two RBI.