Mesa drops final game of baseball series against UCCS

First-year baseball program CU-Colorado Springs served notice on the RMAC that the Mountain Lions aren’t a typical newcomer, splitting a four-game series with No. 17 Colorado Mesa with a 4-3 victory Sunday in Colorado Springs.

Colin Ludwing’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning scored John Mallon for the eventual winning run in a well-pitched, low-scoring final game of the series at Spurgeon Field in Colorado Springs.

Mesa (13-7, 6-2 RMAC) got a three-run home run by Keenan Eaton in the fourth inning for its only run production. Eaton followed back-to-back singles by PJ Gonzalez and Matt Haggerty with his first home run in a CMU uniform, to straightaway center field.

After that, though, the Mavericks couldn’t get a runner past second base. UCCS starting pitcher Colin Cicere struck out nine batters, with reliever Joe Slocum recording one more strikeout in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.

Eaton’s home run gave Mesa a 3-2 lead, but UCCS (10-9, 5-3) tied it in the sixth.

Mesa’s best chance to regain the lead came in the seventh after Tyler Sandoval doubled down the left-field line to lead off the inning.

Zach McLeod’s bunt was fielded by Cicere, who threw Sandoval out at third, and JJ Carr hit into a double play.

Mesa hit into three double plays Sunday and left five runners in scoring position, including the tying run at third in the top of the ninth.

Bligh Madris, who took the loss in relief, went 2 for 3 and Sandoval was 2 for 4.

CMU starting pitcher Tyler Day allowed three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five.

Colorado Mesa is off this weekend, traveling to California for a nonconference doubleheader March 20 at Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Colorado Mesa had four players who scored at least three goals in a 20-9 victory at CSU-Pueblo.

Freshman midfielder Lindsi Peters led the Mavs (3-1) with seven points (four goals, three assists), and sophomore Jenny Lange added four points (three goals, one assist). Jessica Cook scored four goals and Hannah Payton added three.

Mesa led in total shots (32-22) and ground balls (23-13), but Pueblo led 15-14 in draw controls.

The ThunderWolves pulled within one of Mesa, 4-3, at 12:51 of the first half, but CMU scored eight straight goals to close the half and lead 12-3.

Jillian Pfeifer earned the win in goal for CMU, making two saves and allowing three goals. Kiersten Elder made six saves and allowed six goals in the second half.

MEN’S LACROSSE

Ten third-quarter goals made all of the difference for Mesa in its 26-4 RMAC victory against Maryville in a neutral-site game played at Adams State University in Alamosa.

Jayden Campbell and Calen Ketcham each netted four goals for Mesa (6-1, 3-1 RMAC). Campbell scored his 100th collegiate point in the contest, which includes his time at Young Harris College.

Steve Brandenburg added three goals and three assists for the Mavericks, who have won three straight since dropping its RMAC opener against Rockhurst in Kansas City on Feb. 24.

Mesa begins its three-game Florida trip on Thursday against Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.


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