Plenty of run support: Offense provides help as pitchers dominate in series sweep

Photo by William Woody—Mesa State third baseman Ken Evanson fields a ground ball Saturday during the sixth inning of the Mavericks’ victory in the first game of a doubleheader sweep of Colorado Christian at Suplizio Field.

Photo by William Woody—The seams of Mesa State pitcher Chris Shea’s breaking ball are captured Saturday during the Mavericks’ doubleheader sweep of Colorado Christian at Suplizio Field.

Chris Shea had a tough act to follow, but that’s what he expected of himself.

The Mesa State College senior followed complete-game victories by Scott Bachman and Kyle Davis with one of his own to help the Mavericks sweep Colorado Christian in a doubleheader Saturday at Suplizio Field and complete their first series sweep of the season.

The Mavericks won the first game 12-2 in nine innings and took the nightcap 16-0 in seven innings.

“That’s what we need out of our starters,” Shea said. “That’s what we always preach to each other. We stay after practice and push each other harder and harder.”

Mesa State (9-8, 5-4 RMAC) gave its pitchers plenty of support, producing 41 runs on 46 hits in the three games.

“We’re starting to figure some things out,” Mesa State coach Chris Hanks said. “We have good depth. That is one of our biggest challenges. We have a lot of people we can play. Trying to find the right combination, in some cases, we’ll go with the hot guy or gut feeling. It was a good weekend, the bats are starting to loosen up a bit finally.”

In the first game, Mesa State broke open a 3-2 game with a four-run third inning. Austin Buck, Chase Moore, Ken Evanson and Greg Anderson each drove home a run to give the Mavericks a 7-2 lead. Moore drove home two more runs in the eighth.

Davis (3-0) took care of the rest.

The sophomore right-hander limited Colorado Christian (6-16, 0-9 RMAC) to two runs on 10 hits, one walk and struck out three.

“Everything was working,” Davis said. “We got off to an early lead. I pitched ahead and let them get themselves out mainly.”

Shea (2-2) was just as good.

He survived a shaky fifth inning and held the Cougars to three hits, one walk and struck out six.

“The inning I hit a guy and walked a guy, coach came back out and said, ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,’ ” Shea said. “That was the whole thing, one pitch at a time, get one out at a time.”

By then, he had more than plenty of support.

Mesa tagged Colorado Christian starter, Trey Stastny, the younger brother of Mesa pitcher T.J. Stastny, for 12 runs on nine hits in three innings. Seven of those runs came in the second inning and were all unearned. Moore delivered a two-run home run and Kevin Becker had a two-run double.

Moore added a grand slam in the fourth and was 4 for 4 with six RBI in the game. He was 8 for 10 with two home runs and 10 RBI in the series.

“We changed my stance in the middle of the week and it freed up my swing,” Moore said. “I’m hitting with a lot more confidence.“Track & Field

Mesa State’s Alexis Skarda set another school record and finished fourth in the mile at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

The sophomore from Denver finished the finals race in 4 minutes, 52.09 seconds, breaking the school record time she set (4:58.07) in the preliminary race Friday.

Skarda finished nearly six seconds behind the winner, Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific, who finished in 4:46.42.


Western State’s Charlie Pipher gained a measure of revenge Saturday on the man who knocked him out of the championship bracket of the NCAA Division II wrestling tournament.

Pipher, a junior at Western State who wrestled at Hotchkiss High School and is the son of Mesa State coach Chuck Pipher, placed fifth Saturday at 189 pounds by pinning Patrick Walsh of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in 3 minutes, 31 seconds. It is the second time in his career he earned All-American honors.


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