Solid pitching, hitting helps Mavs split with Metro State in baseball
For the second consecutive day, the Mesa State College baseball team had solid pitching performances from its starters.
The offense gave Kyle Davis enough run support Saturday for an 11-3 victory over Metro State in the first game, but the Roadrunners rallied to defeat Mesa State 11-9 in the second game of an RMAC doubleheader at Suplizio Field.
The Mavericks (3-6, 1-2 RMAC) broke open the first game with four runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to give Davis his first career win in his first career start.
The sophomore limited Metro State to no runs on six hits, three walks and struck out three in six innings of work. T.J. Stastny and Ryan Gorzitze finished the game.
Mesa senior Marty Rover, who was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI, doubled down the left-field line to score two runs and Kevin Becker drove home a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
The Mavericks scored all four runs in the sixth of Metro miscues, one on a passed ball, two on an error and one on a bases-loaded walk.
Mesa’s starter in the second game, Chris Shea, left with the Mavericks up 6-4, but saw it disappear in the sixth inning.
Metro State (5-4, 2-1 RMAC) quickly chased Tim Moore, who came on in relief of Shea, with back-to-back singles, then Mike Coffey chased Mike Sutton with a three-run home run to give the Roadrunners an 8-6 lead.
Mesa tied it with two unearned runs in the sixth, but Metro’s Chris Redding hit a three-run home run off Jack Amidei.
The youngsters set the table and turned it over to the veterans to close the deal for Mesa State in a doubleheader sweep of CU-Colorado Springs.
The Mavericks scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the opener 7-6, then pounded out 17 hits in a 14-2 rout in the five-inning finale.
Megan Smith and Lisa Pille, two freshmen in the starting lineup for the No. 22 Mavericks, got on base in the bottom of the seventh of the opener trailing 6-4.
Smith laced a single up the middle to open the seventh. Ashlee Duffy doubled to right and Pille singled up the middle to pull the Mavs within one, 6-5.
Dani Vallie’s base hit to left tied the game and she scored the winning run on senior Gabi Parra’s line drive to left-center.
Sara Jordan picked up the win, allowing six runs on nine hits. She struck out nine.
Pille went 3 for 4 with two RBI in her college debut and Smith was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Katie Mitchell’s grand slam in the second inning of the second game was the highlight for the Mavericks (2-0), who open RMAC play at noon today against Fort Lewis.
For the third straight year, a Mesa State wrestler qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships.
This time, it’s 149-pound freshman Tyler Juby.
Juby (15-8) took fourth place in the West Regional/RMAC Championship in Alamosa. He reached the semifinals before losing to the top seed, but bounced back to reach the third-place match. Juby beat the fifth-place wrestler in a consolation match and didn’t have to wrestle to keep his spot for nationals.
Chase Walker (20-9), an All-American last year, and Shane Miller (15-19) placed fifth but didn’t get a wrestleback opportunity to qualify for nationals.
Track & Field
Mesa State sophomore Alexis Skarda won the mile in 5:04.84 at the RMAC Indoor Championships in Golden to lead the Mavericks to an eighth-place finish with 21.5 points.
Mesa’s Lindsay Hart placed seventh in the 60-meter hurdles (9.35), Breanna Jones was seventh in the 200 (27.35) and Alicia Gieck took seventh in the 400 (1:01.85).
The Mesa State women opened the season with a split.
The Mavericks (6-1) defeated the Academy of Art (Calif.) University 7-2, but lost 5-4 to Dixie State (Utah) College.
Mesa’s Kelleen Sera won both of her matches at No. 1 singles as did her twin sister, Kaitlin at No. 4 singles.