Solid pitching helps Mavs sweep Metro
The Colorado Mesa University baseball team opened RMAC play with a doubleheader sweep behind two solid pitching performances.
Nolan Snell pitched a complete-game shutout and Dylan Evans picked up the victory on the second game as Colorado Mesa (7-4, 2-0 RMAC) swept Metro State (3-5, 0-2 RMAC) 4-0 and 6-4 on a cold Saturday in Denver.
“Nolan had a great day,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “Dylan was effective enough to keep us in it. Overall we had good pitching today, but didn’t swing it well. Our hitters had a little bit of that first-game look.”
Snell (3-0) limited the Roadrunners to four hits and three walks and struck out eight in nine innings.
Metro starter Justin Arceneaux matched Snell until the fifth when Mesa pushed a run across on Colton Little’s single.
The Mavericks clung to the 1-0 lead until the ninth when they scored three more. Dustin Fackrell had a RBI single.
Evans gave up three early runs, but no more as the Mavericks rallied in the second game. The senior right-hander (1-0) gave up three runs on six hits and struck out four in five innings.
Justin Rosales was 2 for 3 with three RBI. Colton Schoelkopf was 1 for 2 with two RBI.
Rosales had a RBI single, then Schoelkopf had a two-run single in the fourth.
Rosales drove home two with a double and scored on a wild pitch.
The Mavericks bounced back to defeat New Mexico Highlands 11-1 in the second game after Highlands rallied to defeat Mesa 12-10 in the first game in Las Vegas, N.M.
Lauren Cross was 3 for 4 with a triple, home run and six RBI in the second game for the Mavs (7-3, 5-1 RMAC). Taylor Gross was 3 for 4 with a double, three runs scored and three RBI. Junior college All-America transfer Catherine Floyd (3-0) limited the Cowboys to one run on six hits and one walk. She had one strikeout.
Mesa built a 8-1 lead in the first game, but the Cowboys rallied with four runs in the sixth inning to take a 12-9 lead.
Ashley Pulido (1-1) gave up eight earned runs on nine hits and six walks.
Lisa Pille was 1 for 3 with one home run and three RBI. Cross was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
The Colorado Mesa women’s team began the spring season with a split.
Mesa defeated Dixie State (Utah) College 8-1, then lost 8-1 to Academy of Art (Calif.) University in St. George, Utah.
The Mavericks (5-4) won five singles matches and swept the doubles. No. 3 singles player Kaylee Davis defeated Allison Evans 6-3, 1-6, (10-7).
Academy of Art won all six singles matches and two of three doubles.
Mesa’s Skyler Nelson and Kristyn Wykert won 8-3 at No. 3 doubles.