Walkoff Single by Patrick Farrell Propels Rangers to 7-6 Victory over Colorado Mines
Denver, Colo.: Senior catcher Patrick Farrell was the hero today as his walkoff single scored freshman Wes Keelan from third to improve the Rangers to 3-1 in the RMAC with a 7-6 victory over Colorado Mines.
The Rangers 3-4-5 hitters were a combined 6-for-14 at the plate, while the other hitters were just 5-for-18.
Regis (4-6, 3-1 RMAC) took the lead in the third inning when senior shortstop Jesus Arzaga singled to left field scoring Keelan and sophomore Dave Holland. Colorado Mines (4-4, 1-3 RMAC) responded the fourth inning with a run to tie the game at two.
The Rangers took a 5-2 lead in the sixth inning on a Farrell RBI double and a sacrifice fly to center field by junior Tim Terry. The Orediggers would not go quietly as they scored four runs in the eighth inning aided by two Ranger errors. Colorado Mines chased starter Charlie Henderson after one out in the eighth inning and junior Bryant Asnicar came in and after giving up two runs was able to strike out Craig Matsuda to end the inning.
A leadoff homerun by senior J.T. Putt tied the game for Regis in the bottom of the eighth inning. Asnicar found himself in a bit of a jam in the top of the ninth with two on and just one out. He was able to get Nick Piehl to fly out to left field and then struck out Matthew Pullos to end the inning.
That is when the excitement would be begin for the Ranger fans. Keelan and Terry were were each hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. Arzaga then hit a long fly ball to right field that was deep enough to move Keelan to third base. Putt was out number one as he popped up to right field but Farrell had his back singling through the left side to plate Keelan and grab game one of the three-game series 7-6.
Junior Zach Blakeley went 2-for-4, while Putt and Farrell were each 2-for-5 from the dish. Putt and Keelan led the team with two runs with Keelan going 1-for-1 with two walks. Farrell and Arzaga each drove in two runs.
Henderson pitched well giving up just one earned run as the Ranger defense did not help him with four errors on the day. He struck out four in 7 1/3 innings walking just one and scattering seven hits. Asnicar struck out two in 1 2/3 innings allowing just one hit allowing no runs.
The same two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 11:00 a.m.
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