Mesa baseball team wins RMAC series
The Colorado Mesa baseball team rolled to victory in the second game of a RMAC doubleheader to win its opening RMAC series against Metro State.
The Mavericks (8-4, 3-1 RMAC) defeated Metro State 13-0 in the second game after the Roadrunners (4-6, 1-3 RMAC) defeated Mesa 5-3 in the first game on Sunday at Auraria Field in Denver. Mesa swept the Roadrunners in a doubleheader on Saturday.
“We were kind of sleepwalking in the first game,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “Our pitching was good all weekend, but our offense was not that great. We had opportunities to bust the games open Saturday and we didn’t do it.”
Mesa senior pitcher Jared Christensen (2-1) limited Metro to no runs on three hits in five innings in the second game.
He had all the run support he needed before he took the mound as the Mavericks offense busted open with nine runs in the top of the first.
Colton Little, Braden Box, Nate Robertson, Erik Kozel, Jeff Popick and Rob Pena each drove in at least one run in the inning.
Sergio Valenzuela was 3 for 3 with three runs scored in the leadoff spot.
Garrett Carpenter (0-3) allowed four earned runs on five hits, one walk and struck out six in five innings.
Colorado Mesa had an opportunity to win a second consecutive RMAC series, but settled for a split.
New Mexico Highlands (10-8, 5-3 RMAC) defeated the Mavericks 7-4 in the second game Sunday after Mesa (8-4, 6-2 RMAC) won the first game 11-6 in Las Vegas, N.M.
Courtney Maihi (4-2) limited Highlands to five earned runs on five hits in seven innings for the win in Game 1. She was 1 for 2 with a home run and three RBI. Lauren Cross was 3 for 3 with a solo home run.
The Cowboys scored four early runs on Mesa starting pitcher Catherine Floyd (3-1) to chase her then added three runs against Ashley Pulido.
Highlands gave up four runs on seven hits to the Mavs, but never gave up more than one run in an inning.