Catch, Homer Lift Colorado Mesa To Friday Sweep, 3-1
GOLDEN – A two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning by Kevan Elcock busted open a 1-1 pitcher's duel and gave visiting No. 4/8 Colorado Mesa the Friday sweep with a 3-1 victory in the second game of Friday's doubleheader at Jim Darden Field in Golden.
The 8-3 win in the first game gave the Mavericks (36-9, 30-6 RMAC) their third-straight RMAC title, and the squad benefitted first on a run-saving, diving catch by Austin Kaiser on a line drive to right field in the sixth inning, and second on Elcock's first homer of the season down the left field line just over the foul pole.
Sophomore lefty Nate Olinger (6-3) suffered the loss for Mines (23-20, 21-15 RMAC) after allowing three earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts in his fourth complete game of the season. He was efficient once again over his seven full innings and 100 pitches, with his lone mistake coming on an elevated breaking ball in the top of the seventh.
Joey Danner earned a no-decision for CMU after allowing one earned run on five hits with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Tyler Dunnington (2-0) earned the win after entering with two outs in the sixth and striking out the side in the seventh.
Olinger led Mines offensively with a 2-for-3 batting performance with a triple and a run scored. True freshman Cody Marvel finished 2-for-3 with an RBI out of the cleanup spot as well.
Junior Rey Chavarria finished 1-for-3 to close out Mines' five-hit output.
An RBI single by Derrick Garcia in the second inning put CMU up front 1-0 before Mines answered in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single by Marvel following Olinger's two-out triple to right center. That score held until Elcock snuck his homer inside the left field foul pole in the top of the seventh.
The two squads will continue and close the series on Saturday with a doubleheader at Jim Darden Field beginning at 1 p.m. Mines will honor its three seniors, Derek Skrdlant, Peter Herrin and Charlie Basil, as well as redshirt juniors Ben Gilman and Patrick Ihme during a Senior Day celebration before the start of the first game.