Mesa earns DH split with Highlands
Colorado Mesa rebounded from a rough start to get a split.
The No. 23 Mavericks baseball team defeated New Mexico Highlands 9-3 in the second game on Saturday afternoon at Brandt Field in Las Vegas, N.M. The Cowboys won the first game 8-6.
“We avoided disaster,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “The day started poorly. We had a double-play ball and we booted it then we dropped a ball in right field.
“We battled back and had an opportunity to get back in it. We had the bases loaded (in the sixth) and couldn’t score.”
Highlands (20-8, 13-6 RMAC) took advantage of two Mesa errors in the first inning of the first game for a 4-0 lead. The Cowboys pushed their lead to 7-0 before Mesa responded.
The Mavericks (20-9, 14-5 RMAC) cut the lead to 8-5 in the sixth, but left the bases loaded.
Jared Christensen (6-2) allowed six earned runs on 12 hits in a complete game.
“Jared was fine,” Hanks said. “We didn’t get help from the defense early on. He didn’t pitch his best, but he didn’t pitch bad either.”
Mesa played much better in the second game, not making an error and putting pressure on Highlands with the running game.
Braden Box and Mitch Corwin each reached and stole a base before Box scored on Jeff Popick’s groundout. The Mavericks stole 15 bases on the day.
“We were much more dialed in the second game,” Hanks said. “We got runners on. We stole 15 bases on the day against a team that doesn’t give up much. Dylan (Evans) was sharp as a whip.”
Evans (3-0) limited Highlands to three runs on eight hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.
Chadron State took advantage of a Colorado Mesa error to tie the game then hit a two-run home run in its last at-bat to defeat the Mavericks 4-2 in the second game of a RMAC doubleheader in Chadron, Neb.
Colorado Mesa (18-12, 16-10 RMAC) scored five runs in the sixth inning to defeat the Eagles 12-6 in the first game.
Lisa Pille led off the sixth with a triple and scored on a sacrifice bunt to get the Mavs going. Jessica Albertson had a RBI single, Courtney Maihi drove in two on a single then Megan Smith had a RBI double.
Maihi set down six of the next seven Chadron batters for the complete-game win.
Mesa pitcher Ashley Pulido limited the Eagles to one run through six innings, but the Mavericks could only produced two runs on four hits for her. Maihi had a two-run single in the fifth.
After Chadron scored on an error, Amy Schartz followed with a game-winning home run.
Colorado Mesa scored nine consecutive goals early in the second half to pull away for a 20-14 victory over Adams State in a Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association game in Alamosa.
Lexie Chavez led the Mavericks (3-6, 2-3 WILA) with five goals and two assists. Allie Henderson scored four goals and had three assists and Rachel Sutton had four goals and one assist.
Mesa goalie Lauren Wells had 17 saves.
Adams State (0-5, 0-5 WILA) was led by Lexy Hamilton with six goals.