Offense leads Mavs to sweep of CCU
Colorado Mesa University baseball coach Chris Hanks was concerned about the Mavericks’ offense after Friday’s narrow doubleheader sweep of Colorado Christian, so Hanks decided to switch things up a bit — in the dugout.
For the first time Hanks can remember, he sat in the dugout instead of the standing in the third-base coaches box when the Mavericks were at bat.
He got the results he wanted.
Colorado Mesa pounded out 31 hits Saturday afternoon at Suplizio Field to sweep Colorado Christian 16-5 and 11-0 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader. The Mavericks (10-4, 4-0 RMAC) completed a four-game sweep of Colorado Christian.
“I wanted to be able to talk to hitters,” Hanks said. “We may stay with that. Particularly on the road when we’re in the first-base dugout, I’ve always hated being in the third-base box. You have communication problems for pinch hitters or talking with coaches about pitching changes. We decided to do it today.”
Hanks didn’t say if he planned to put bench coach Steve Woytek out in the third-base coaches box or if it made a difference.
“I wouldn’t say that,” Hanks said. “I don’t know. Steve does a good job at third base. We’ll see. We lit that candle. Sometimes I think it’s an advantage to manage from the dugout.”
After spotting the Cougars (0-11, 0-4 RMAC) a 2-0 lead in the first game, the Mavericks’ offense exploded.
Garrett Carpenter led the way, going 3 for 5 with three RBI. Braden Box was 3 for 5 with three RBI in the nine hole, and Nate Robertson was 3 for 4 with three doubles and one RBI.
Kyle Davis (1-0) limited Colorado Christian to two runs on four hits in five innings for the win in his first start since 2011. He sat out last year with a shoulder injury.
“We warmed up (Aaron) Corwin a lot (Friday) night, and we pitched (Cody) Lahman,” Hanks said. “We want to develop some pitchers and get some innings up on guys. We need to develop a staff.”
Game 2 starter Joey Danner didn’t need much help, but he got it. The Mavericks broke open a 1-0 game with an eight-run fifth inning. Kennedy Kinkade was 2 for 3 with five RBI, including a three-run home run in the Mavs’ big inning. Justin Rosales was 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in the same inning.
Danner limited the Cougars to one hit in six innings. Dakota Behr finished the job in the seventh.
“I would’ve liked to give Joey Danner a complete-game shutout,” Hanks said. “Dakota Behr is a sidewinder type guy and had a rough start to the year. We need to get him some innings. We need to develop our staff rather than going for a complete-game shutout for the sake of getting a complete-game shutout.”