Will Dixon hits walk-off single in Mavs’ win
Will Dixon tossed his helmet in the air and braced himself.
The sophomore first baseman laced an RBI single into left field with two out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Colorado Mesa’s baseball team to a 10-9 victory Saturday over Colorado Christian at Suplizio Field.
As Bligh Madris, who reached on an error, slid head-first across the plate, the rest of the Mavericks (24-8, 16-2 RMAC) raced out of the dugout, drenching Dixon with water and ripping the jersey off his back.
“I saw JJ (Carr) running out and when he hit his walk-off I tried to rip his jersey off, so I was like, here we go, he’s going to try to rip it off and he did, obviously,” Dixon said.
With two strikes, he was just looking to punch something through the infield.
“I saw a slider saw it was down,” Dixon said. “I said, ‘try to stay through it,’ and I did.”
Dixon’s hit capped a furious comeback for the Mavericks, who spotted the Cougars (13-20, 7-12) a 9-2 lead through 3 1/2 innings, but Eli Thornquist and JR McDermott came out of the bullpen to slam the door.
The Cougars got only one hit after the fourth inning, and Mesa chipped away, finally breaking through with a four-run seventh to tie the game 9-9.
McDermott (4-0) walked a batter with one out and gave up a base hit in the top of the ninth. He then picked off the runner at first before catching Alex Ginn on a called third strike.
“(Starter Chris) Ramirez was over the heart of the plate,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “When JR came in, he was spotting on the edges, and like Jeff (Rodgers, the Mavs’ pitching coach) said, they’re swinging through it and missing.
“It’s amazing how much difference it makes when you keep it out of the middle third of the plate.”
Jack Griffin scored 26 seconds into overtime, his 23rd goal of the season, leading Colorado Mesa (11-2, 6-1 RMAC) to a 14-13 victory over Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
Connor Larick got the game to overtime when he scored an unassisted goal with 2 minutes, 56 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 13-13.
The Mavericks routed Rockhurst 18-5 at Walker Field.
Olivia Hayden and Jessica Cook scored four goals each, and senior Megan Gromke added one in her final home game for CMU (10-2, 5-1). Senior keeper Jillian Pfeifer got the win, allowing two goals and saving two shots.
Colorado Mesa’s No. 2 doubles team of Oliver Lindqvist and Will Agritelley fought off six match points against Metro State to win 9-7, sparking the Mavericks’ men’s team to a 5-4 victory over Metro State.
The victory pushed Mesa into a first-place tie in the RMAC with the Roadrunners.
The women lost 7-2 to Metro State, with Kristen and Katie Kirby winning at No. 1 doubles 9-8, and the No. 3 team of Nicole Kitsuse and Georgia Hansen winning 8-3.
Abby Ney and Taylor Woods recorded the only victory in a 4-1 loss to New Mexico, rallying for an 18-21, 24-22, 15-13 win at No. 1.
Track & Field
Aaron Simms posted a third-place finish in the discus to highlight the performances of Colorado Mesa athletes at the Colorado Invitational in Boulder.
Simms’ top mark of 160 feet, 3 1/2 inches was less than two feet from meeting the Division II national meet’s provisional standard. Trevor Jensen finished eighth in the shot put with a mark of 50 feet, 8 1/2 inches one day after finishing third in the hammer throw.