Three-run 8th lifts Mavs to 1st win

A three-run eighth inning Saturday propelled the Colorado Mesa University baseball team to its first win of the season, 5-2 over the University of California-San Diego.

The win evened the three-game series in La Jolla, Calif., at 1-1 between the No. 20 Mavericks and No. 23 Tritons.

After Erik Kozel’s solo home run in the seventh inning tied the game 2-2, Tim Fowler drew a one-out walk in the eighth. Braden Box, pinch-hitting for Justin Rosales, lined a triple to center for a 3-2 lead, scoring pinch-runner Jason Ross.

Austin Kaiser, who went 3 for 4, beat out a bunt single, scoring Box. Kaiser then stole second and took third on a wild pitch.

Kevin Mitchell walked and took second on a balk, which allowed Kaiser to score and put the Mavs up 5-2.

With one runner on and two out in the bottom of the eighth, Garrett Carpenter, who started in right field, came on to pitch for Cody Lahman. He hit the first man he faced, but struck out Garrett Tuck, then retired three of the four batters in the ninth for his first save of the season.

Lahman, who threw 1 2/3 innings in relief of Matt Williams, picked up the win, allowing only three hits, striking out one.

Williams threw six solid innings for the Mavericks (1-1), allowing two runs, only one earned, on four hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

Kozel went 2 for 4 with one RBI. Of the Mavericks’ nine hits, four were for extra bases, doubles by Mitch Corwin and Kaiser, the triple by Box and Kozel’s home run.

Track & Field

Shane Niksic placed eighth in the men’s 800 meters Saturday in the New Mexico Collegiate Classic indoor track and field meet in Albuquerque, N.M.

Niksic clocked a time of 1 minute, 55.36 seconds for the highest place of the meet for the Mavs.

Augustus Barnes finished 14th in the 200 meters (22.46 seconds) and 12th in the 400 meters (49.91).

In the women’s meet, Whitney Rowe was 17th in the 200 meters (25.81), Cathryn Ambler 17th in the 400 meters (58.74) and Chelsea Lyons 18th in the 800 meters (2:24.83).


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