Mesa sweeps CSU-Pueblo in baseball
PUEBLO — Colorado Mesa University freshman Nate Robertson came through in the clutch twice Saturday, but the Mavericks needed just a little bit more to sweep a doubleheader from rival CSU-Pueblo.
Finally in the ninth inning of the second game, Mesa freshman pitcher Derek Behr struck out Brandon Evans to clinch the 11-9 victory and complete the sweep. The Mavericks won the first game 4-3.
“We made a lot of mistakes today, but we battled,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “It looked like it was over, maybe. We got some guys on, got a couple hits and forced them to make mistakes. Those are all part of the game. We made fewer mistakes, I think, and that’s why we won.”
The Mavericks (11-4, 6-1 RMAC) trailed 3-2 in the sixth inning when Robertson hit his first collegiate home run, a two-out, three-run shot to left field.
“It was pretty awesome,” Robertson said. “(Hitting a home run) never came to mind during the at-bat. God is good.”
CSU-Pueblo (6-10, 3-4 RMAC) rallied with five runs in the bottom of the sixth, chasing Mesa starter Dylan Evans. Curtis Cowell’s three-run triple off reliever Tim Moore gave the ThunderWolves a 6-5 lead.
It took another pitching change before the Mavs escaped, but they trailed by three.
Mesa’s first five batters reached in the seventh. Tim Fowler’s sacrifice fly tied the game with two outs. Robertson came through with an RBI single for a 9-8 lead.
Closer Derek Benham was down to one strike to close out the win, but the ThunderWolves’ Derek DiCarlo fouled off several pitches before driving home a run with a base hit to force extra innings.
In the ninth, Mesa senior Jeff Popick came through with a two-run single, again with two outs, for an 11-9 lead.
Colorado Mesa’s women’s Nordic ski team finish fourth in the United States Collegiate Ski Association national championships in Bethel, Maine.
Brooke Bosman was fifth in the 15K classic race, earning a second All-America honor.
Freshman Duncan Koehn finished 19th in the men’s 16-kilometer classic race.
The women placed fourth in Friday’s relay race and Bosman was 10th in the standings.