Mavs split DH with ThunderWolves
An 11-hit attack and a solid pitching performance Friday led the Mesa State College baseball team to its first win of the season, 8-0 over Colorado State University-Pueblo.
The No. 22 Mavericks (1-3) dropped the second game of the doubleheader in Pueblo 12-5.
Scott Bachman (1-0) allowed six hits in the complete-game performance, striking out two and walking two.
He got plenty of support from the Mavericks, who scored one run in the first, another in the second and two more in the third before putting the game out of reach with a pair of runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings.
A two-run double by Austin Buck gave the Mavericks a 4-0 lead in the third inning and Chase Moore singled home two runs in the top of the sixth.
“We have a general idea (of what players will fill what roles) but we’re in a phase where we need to play people and see what guys can do and how they react in real game situations,” Mesa State coach Chris Hanks said.
In the second game, Derek Riley, a senior transfer from Arkansas State, got the start because Garrett Carpenter’s pitching arm was sore. He lasted only 11⁄3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits.
“We gave up too much too early,” Hanks said. “We didn’t make good pitches early.
“It was Derek’s first game in our uniform. Some of those guys have to get used to our uniforms and get comfortable with us and we have to get comfortable with them. We’ll teach as we go.”
The Mesa State women are fourth in the nine-team RMAC Championships field and the men trail the five-team field.
Three Mavericks earned national “B” qualifying times, Kelly Hogan in the 1,000-yard freestyle, which she won in 10 minutes, 48.42 seconds; Katie Wedel in the 400 individual medley (second, 4:41.97) and Jackie McMillen in the 100 backstroke (second, 59.41 seconds).
Mesa’s 800 free relay team placed third and diver Abby Cook finished fourth with 364.40 points.
In the men’s meet, Scott Strehlow finished fifth in the 1,000 free (10:12.75) and the 800 free and 200 free relay teams each placed fifth.
Swimmers earning “B” qualifying times can enter the national championships if they are on a relay team that qualifies with an “A” time.