Mesa’s bats stay hot in sweep of Adams State
The Colorado Mesa University baseball team continued its offensive onslaught Friday against Adams State University.
The No. 11 Mavericks drubbed Adams State 14-5 and 9-2 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader in Alamosa.
Mesa (22-5, 16-1 RMAC) scored at least two runs in each of the first five innings en route to the Game 1 victory.
Jordan Moore-Leister was 2 for 4 with four RBI for the Mavericks. Austin Kaiser was 2 for 4 with two RBI, Braden Box was 3 for 4 with three RBI, and Nate Robertson was 4 for 5.
The 13 runs through five innings made up for the lack of run support Mesa starter Matt Williams had earlier in the season.
The senior right-hander (3-1) limited the Grizzlies to three runs on five hits and struck out five in six innings.
Mesa’s offense got off to a slower start in the second game, but it came around with a five-run third inning. Justin Rosales hit a two-out, two-run single. The Mavericks added a run on a bases-loaded walk, a balk and a Colton Schoelkopf single.
Garrett Carpenter doubled home a run in the sixth to extend his hit streak to 14 games.
Mesa starting pitcher Joey Danner (6-0) limited Adams State (7-21, 6-11 RMAC) to two runs on eight hits and struck out four in six innings in the nightcap.
Colorado Mesa started RMAC tennis play with men’s and women’s victories over Montana State University-Billings in Billings.
The Mesa men (10-11, 1-0) won four singles matches, including two three-setters to defeat the Yellowjackets 5-4.
“That was a big win,” CMU coach Dan MacDonald said. “On the men’s side in the RMAC, there are five teams so close, it will be a dogfight this year. After Western New Mexico, everybody is strong.”
Mesa senior Andres Hernandez clinched the team victory with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 6 singles.
Jordan Lyden and Spencer Weinberg won three-setters at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, for the Mavericks. They teamed up for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles.
“Andres Hernandez got the big win for us,” MacDonald said. “Jordan and Spencer came through, too. The top of our lineup is the best I’ve had since Jordan Chomko and Rashad (Khamis).”
Andres Garcia-Rojas won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles for Mesa.
The Mesa women rolled to a 9-0 victory over Montana State-Billings.
The Mavericks (8-13, 1-0) won two close doubles matches and swept the singles without dropping a set.
Mesa junior Kaylee Davis won 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1 singles.
Track & Field
Whitney Rowe finished in the top eight in three events for the Colorado Mesa women at the Utah Valley University Collegiate Invitational in Orem, Utah.
Rowe finished third in the 200 meters (25.48 seconds), fifth in the long jump (17-feet, 8.25 inches) and eighth in the 400 (59.17).
Meanwhile, the Mavericks got a fifth-place finish from their 1,600 relay (4 minutes, 8.47 seconds), Brianne Ghosh took eighth in the triple jump (32-8.5), and Alexis Skarda was 10th in the 1,500 (4:56.58).
In the men’s meet, Colorado Mesa dominated the triple jump, taking four of the top six places. Justin Wallace finished second (44-8.5), Matarai Rowe third (43-7.5), Randy Brown fourth (43-6) and Ethan Baier sixth (42-6.25) for the Mavericks.
Mesa’s Jordan Riggins placed fifth in the 200 (21.8) and seventh in the 100 (10.81), Shane Niksic took fifth in the 1,500 (4:03.4), Alex Quintana was fifth in the 400 (56.51), and Nate May placed eighth in the 5,000 (16:58.8).
The Maverick men also took third in the 1,600 relay (3:18.97).