Mavs work overtime to split DH with Dixie

The Mesa State College baseball team broke open a tight game to extra innings Tuesday to salvage a doubleheader split against Dixie State (Utah) College in St. George, Utah.

The third-ranked Mavericks (13-4) avenged a 15-6 loss in the first game with a 12-4 victory in eight innings in the second game.

“We were sleepwalking in Game 1,” Mesa State coach Chris Hanks said. “We had a talk before Game 2 and came out sharp.”

Mesa State junior Marty Rover led the eighth-inning rally in the second game. He doubled home the first run and had a two-run double later in the inning.

T.J. Butch (3-0) didn’t allow a run or a hit in 12/3 innings of relief for the victory.

The Mavericks fell behind 4-1 in the first inning of the first game. Mesa rallied to take a 6-4 lead in the fourth inning, only to give up seven runs while committing two errors in the sixth.

“The bottom fell out,” Hanks said. “It turned into a nightmare inning. It felt like the end of the Metro game (Sunday).”

Nate Towne (0-1) took the loss despite striking out eight in 51/3 innings of relief.

Mike Provencher, who was 3 for 8 with two RBI in the doubleheader, is the RMAC player of the week. He was 10 for 20 last week, including 9 for 18 with nine RBI in a four-game series against Metro State.


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