Mesa sweeps Mines to win regular-season baseball title
Colorado Mesa swept Colorado School of Mines in a doubleheader Friday in Golden to win its third consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season baseball title.
The ninth-ranked Mavericks (36-9 30-6 RMAC) defeated Mines 8-3 and 3-1. Mesa concludes the regular season with another doubleheader today at Mines.
Matt Delay (7-0) limited the Orediggers to three runs on eight hits in six innings. Matt Allen pitched three innings for his second save.
Mesa senior designated hitter Jordan Liester provided a chunk of the offense with a double, two home runs and three RBI. He was 5 for 7 with three RBI in the sweep.
Liester hit a solo home run in the seventh and again in the ninth.
Austin Kaiser’s batting averaged dropped to .497 after going 1 for 6 in the doubleheader.
Joey Danner and Tyler Dunnington combined to win a pitcher’s duel in the second game.
Danner limited Mines to one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, but was pulled in a 1-1 game. Dunnington (2-0) struck out three and didn’t allow one hit in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Freshman Kevan Elcock hit his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot down the left-field line, to break the tie in the seventh.
Colorado Mesa concluded its fourth season in program history with a 10-7 victory over Adams State in Alamosa.
The Mavericks (9-3, 5-1 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) tied Dominican (9-3, 5-1 WILA) for first place in the WILA, but Dominican had the tiebreaker and is the league champion.
Mesa scored five consecutive goals in the first half to take a 5-2 lead and four of the first five goals of the second half for a five-goal lead.
Griffin Perkiel scored three goals to lead the Mavericks. Stephen Dunn had two goals and five others scored one goal.
Mesa goalie Adam Borgogelli had seven saves.
Fort Lewis scored five of the first six goals en route to an 8-5 victory over Colorado Mesa in the RMAC semifinals in Denver.
The Skyhawks (10-6) scored eight times on 21 shots. Mesa (8-7) had five goals on 19 shots.
Ashley Eickhoff led the Mavericks with two goals. Allie Henderson, Haley Kroll and Tayler Lansdown each scored one goal.
Five players scored for Fort Lewis. The Skyhawks play Regis (12-3) for the RMAC title today.
This is the first year the RMAC has sponsored the sport.
Colorado Mesa signed junior college guard Julian Vasquez to a national letter of intent.
Vasquez played at Dakota College and led the Mon-Dak Conference in scoring (24.8 points per game), including a school-record 53 points in one game. He ranked second in the league in steals (1.7) and assists (3.5) and was third in rebounds (7.9).
Vasquez was the regional most valuable player, a first-team all-region and first-team all-conference selection.
The Lumberjacks (25-8) were ranked as high as 13th and reached the district championship game.
Vasquez’s coach was a former teammate of former Mesa All-American Mike Dominguez.