Mesa St. baseball team gets sweep of Rangers
Mesa State College baseball coach Chris Hanks got a couple of pitching performances Saturday that he’s been waiting for.
Brent Lamaster pitched a complete game in his first start of the season and Chris Carma nearly went the distance in the Mavericks’ doubleheader sweep of Regis in Denver.
Third-ranked Mesa State (23-5, 13-2 RMAC) rallied in its final at-bat to win the first game 6-2, then blew open the second game for a 10-2 victory. The teams conclude the series at noon today.
“Carma was good and Lamaster was really good,” Hanks said. “It was uplifting. They really pounded the zone, pitched ahead in the count. They were in command of both games.”
Carma (4-2) held the Rangers (13-15, 6-9) to two earned runs on five hits and struck out five in the first game, but left with the game tied entering the seventh inning.
Kevin Becker drew a one-out walk to get the inning started. The junior advanced to second and third on passed balls and scored on Mike Provencher’s single.
Provencher stole second base and scored on a Matt Bodenchuk double for a 4-2 lead. Two batters later, Craig Lanzarotta hit a two-run home run.
Aaron Guinn picked up his third save, but not without a little trouble.
The senior gave up a walk, a base hit and had the bases loaded before getting a double play to end the game.
Lamaster (3-0) didn’t need any help in the second game, limiting Regis to two earned runs on eight hits and struck out seven.
Bodenchuk, who was 2 for 4 with 5 RBI, singled home two runs in the first to spot Lamaster an early lead. The Mavs added two more runs in the second on a Justin Little single and an error. Mesa scored three times in the fourth, including two on an Austin Buck double.
Bodenchuk hit a three-run triple in the sixth.