Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Game 1:
It was not looking good in the first game of the NCAA Regional for CMU baseball as they were down by four runs to Texas A&M at one point. In one inning they would be able to tie the game and take the lead, and then some.
The Mavericks took the lead in the first with an RBI double by Jordan Stubbings. The Buffs came in hot with bases loaded, and a three RBI double by Jaxxon Fagg for a 3-1 lead.
Starting pitcher, Garrett Hutson struggled on the mound giving up four runs on six hits. The Mavericks struggled on the hill recycling five pitchers total. Mesa came back in the fifth to score ten runs. There were ten hits just in that inning including a home run by Dominic DeMarco. An awesome relief performance by JR McDermott who picked up his 25th career win breaking the program record. CMU secured a 13-10 win over West Texas A&M, eliminating the Buffs from the tournament.
Colorado Mines went up 2-0 with a home run in the first. After that, runs were hard to come by. Tyler Blomster gets the strikeout here to end the inning.
The freshman Andrew Morris had a good outing after the home run. He strikes out the batter in the third. He had seven strikeouts in the game.
To the 4th inning, CMU gets on the board. Haydn McGeary singles it right down main street. Chase Hamilton comes around from second to score. Mines would counter that with a run of their own in the next half inning.
Bottom of the fifth, Jordan Stubbings singles it to left field. That cuts the Oredigger's lead to 3-2.
The Mavericks had a big 7th inning scoring four runs. Will Dixon came in to shut it down and get the save.
Mesa gets a big comeback win, 6-3, over Colorado Mines. They just need to win one game to advance to the Super Regional. CMU faced a lot of adversity in both games but still found a way to win.
"A lot of these kids were real tough today given the circumstances getting down in both games, big in the first one," said head coach Chris Hanks. "They kept their heads, they kept making adjustments. I'm proud of our guys. They battled all day against two really good teams. We've got a lot of respect for Colorado Mines. They have got great kids and a great program. Happy with our guys. Still have more baseball to play so were obviously going to have to stay locked in."