Mesa State baseball team sweeps Mines

A pair of complete-game pitching performances Saturday led the Mesa State College baseball team to a sweep of Colorado School of Mines, with Kyle Davis scattering eight hits in a 9-3 win and Chris Shea throwing a four-hitter in a 13-2 rout.

Brett Nigbur went 3 for 3 with three RBI in the opener and 3 for 5 with four RBI in the second. He hit his fifth home run in the fourth inning of the first game and followed that with two home runs in the second.

Mesa State (21-11 17-7 RMAC) sent 10 men to the plate in the first inning, scoring six runs on five hits. Nigbur doubled home a run, Chase Moore had an RBI single, Marty Rover walked with the bases loaded, as did Greg Anderson, and Erik Nordine came up with a two-run single.

Nigbur homered after Kevin Becker singled and stole second in the fourth inning and Nordine drove home another run with a base hit in the fifth.

Davis (5-0) walked only one and struck out two. He allowed single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Mesa State had 11 hits in each game and scored in every inning except the fifth in the second game. The Mavs put up a six-spot in the sixth inning after taking a 5-0 lead.

Jeff Popick hit his third of the season to lead off the fourth inning and the Mavs hit six doubles.

Shea (6-2) was in control from the start, shutting out the Orediggers (6-21, 3-19) through 62⁄3 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven.

Softball

Mesa State managed only one hit in the first game of a doubleheader at New Mexico Highlands, losing 3-0, then responded with a dozen hits in an 11-6 win.

Highlands’ Melissa Martinez allowed only a seventh-inning double to Megan Smith, walked four and struck out 11 in the first game. Sara Jordan (4-7), who allowed six hits and struck out eight, gave up a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the sixth.

Smith hit her first home run of the season in the second game, Dani Vallie had a pair of doubles and Gabi Parra tripled.

The Mavs (11-13, 9-13 RMAC) scored in every inning except the sixth.

Cierra Lard (6-4) picked up the victory in relief of Wailana Borrero. Lard threw the final six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and striking out three.

Track

Alexis Skarda placed second in the 800 meters at the Mesa (Ariz.) Community College Open.

Skarda finished behind Brigham Young University’s Angela Wagner in 2 minutes, 18.82 seconds. Wagner came across in 2:12.38. Mesa’s Aubrey Valdez was 10th in 2:29.88.

Alicia Gieck placed fifth and Breanna Jones ninth in the 200 meters; Jessica Needham was eighth in the hammer throw and third in the shot put; Andrea Ager was fifth, Lindsay Hart seventh and Amber Haberman eighth in the 400 hurdles; Gieck 10th and Jones 11th in the 400; Jones 10th in the 100 and Brooklyn Barton was sixth in the triple jump.


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