Snell settles down, pitches Mavs to win
He started off similar to how he pitched last year, but finished strong.
Nolan Snell was a little erratic early, but worked his way out of several jams Friday to pitch the Colorado Mesa University baseball team to a 7-2 victory over Regis at Canyon View Park.
“I feel like a lot of the games I pitch in I get stronger as the game goes on,” Snell said. “I was a little off at the beginning, giving up a couple walks, hit batters and a few cheap hits. When I focus and get stronger it feels good.
“When we’re playing a four-game series, it’s always important to get that first win, get that mentality right. We can relax a little bit, still be focused and play our game.”
The junior right-hander allowed the leadoff batter in the first five innings to reach, but four of them were either stranded or thrown out. His only blemish came in the fourth when the first two batters reached and scored on a single and sacrifice fly.
“That was the old Nolan, the last year Nolan early,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “He was pitching from behind, he was erratic, but I thought in the fifth, sixth, seventh, he got better. He found more of a rhythm he’s had most of this year.”
Snell (5-1) allowed two runs on seven hits, six walks, hit one batter and struck out eight in eight innings.
“I wasn’t locating the fastball early in the game,” Snell said. “The coaches called a lot of curveballs and sliders. (The Rangers) weren’t touching it. In the later innings, I warmed up and started getting the fastball over the plate and used that more.”
While he was settling into a groove, the Mavericks (16-7, 10-3 RMAC) were driving home base runners.
Colton Little led off with a triple and scored on Braden Box’s single in the first. Box scored on a Dustin Fackrell sacrifice fly.
Regis (10-11, 5-8 RMAC) tied it with two runs in the top of the fourth.
Mesa regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning with a Justin Rosales sacrifice fly to score Austin Kaiser.
Little led off with a double, Box faked a bunt, then singled to left. Designated hitter Mitch Corwin followed with a two-run single.
“Initially, we had a hit and run on so I swung out of the zone and got behind in the count,” Corwin said. “He left one over the plate, so I was fortunate enough to shoot it over second base.”
He was 3 for 5 with two RBI.
“Mitch got some hits,” Hanks said. “I thought his at-bats were pretty good. I thought he was patient. That’s something to build on for him. We’ve got some good left-handed hitters on this team. We’re trying to work out a way to get them in the lineup.”
Little was 2 for 4 with two runs in the leadoff spot. Box was 3 for 4 with two runs in the second hole.
Regis starter Charlie Henderson (2-2) allowed seven runs on 12 hits and struck out three in seven innings.