The ball kept carrying until it dropped just over the right-field wall Friday afternoon.
After that came an impressive power display by the No. 3 Colorado Mesa baseball team in a 22-5 rout of No. 9 Southern New Hampshire in the Mavs’ home opener at Suplizio Field.
Spencer Bramwell’s second-inning home run was the start of a good day for the junior catcher. He hit three out of the yard and added a two-run double, driving in five runs.
“I have no idea (what got into me),” Bramwell said with a grin. “Seeing the ball well. I shortened up on my swing a lot this week, got good pitches to hit and drove through them.”
Tyler Parker, a senior transfer from Tarleton State, thoroughly enjoyed his first game at Suplizio Field. The left fielder followed Bramwell’s first home run with one of his own, singled and scored in the third and hit a two-run home run in the fourth.
“I told him he had to one-up me,” Parker said of the home run derby between he and Bramwell. “I have to hit four tomorrow.”
CMU (3-1) put up six runs in the second (Tanner Garner launched a three-run home run), four in the third and three in each of the fourth and sixth innings, giving Andrew Morris plenty of cushion to get his first win of the season.
Morris went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out five. He and reliever Josh Danyliw had to deal with some long stints in the dugout as the Mavs kept circling the bases.
“They’re good with a 1-0 lead, they want to get out there and do their thing, but it’s also nice to go out and put up 22. It makes it easy on them,” Bramwell said of his pitchers.
His third home run came in the seventh inning, and CMU put up five more in the eighth despite wholesale changes. The Mavs hit six home runs, five doubles and one triple in their 22-hit attack.
“After Bramwell hit his second home run, (SNHU catcher Dakota Mulcay) asked me, ‘That guy’s one of your better hitters, huh?’ ’’ Parker said. “I said ‘Yeah, but it kind of depends on the day.’ We’ve got a pretty deep lineup.”
The Mavericks unveiled plans for a new on-campus baseball stadium during their annual Leadoff Dinner on Thursday night. The stadium would be at Bergman Field, CMU’s practice facility, and allow the Mavericks to host a Super Regional, which wasn’t possible last spring because it’s the same week as the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.
Plans are in the preliminary stage, but call for a 2,500-seat lighted stadium with synthetic turf, coach Chris Hanks said. Cannell Avenue would be turned into a pedestrian walkway between the baseball and softball stadiums on the east and the new track facility on the west. If approved, construction would start this summer and the stadium would be ready next spring.
CMU split a pair of games in the Cactus Classic in Tucson, Arizona, defeating St. Mary’s for the second straight week, 9-1, but then dropping a 7-5 game to Eastern New Mexico in eight innings.
AnnMarie Torres tied the game 3-3 against Eastern New Mexico on a two-run home run, and after the Greyhounds reclaimed the lead in the seventh, Bailey Kleespies drew a bases-loaded walk to send the game into extra innings. The Mavericks (6-3) gave up three runs in the top of the eighth, scored one in the bottom of the inning but left two runners on base.
In the win over St. Mary’s, Lauren Wedman tripled and scored in the third, helping CMU take a 4-1 lead. Torres added a two-run double and Camryn Mullen a two-run single to put the game away. Mesa wraps up the tournament today against second-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville.