Regis Falls in Series Finale 9-8 to Colorado Mesa
Grand Junction, Colo.: (By Dylan Docker) The Rangers (10-14, 5-10 RMAC) and Mavericks (19-7, 13-3) wrapped up their four-game weekend set on Sunday in Grand Junction. Colorado Mesa picked up a series sweep with a 9-8 victory in front of their home fans.
Junior right-hander Kyle Mack got the start for Regis in game four. Colorado Mesa sent left-handed junior Garrett Carpenter to the mound.
The Rangers tagged Carpenter for four runs in the top of the third. Tony Piazza, Jon Shoutta, Dave Holland, and Colt Meacham all collected RBI singles in the inning, forcing the Mavericks to make an early pitching change.
Colorado Mesa responded with five runs in the home half. Senior first baseman Dustin Fackrell highlighted the rally with a two-run homer.
Regis picked up a pair of unearned runs on base hits from junior second baseman Nick Billinger and sophomore first baseman Steven Brault, giving the visitors a 6-5 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
Meacham kept the Rangers moving in the fifth with another RBI hit. The senior center fielder later scored on a sacrifice fly from Billinger to expand the Regis advantage to 8-5.
Junior second baseman Justin Rosales brought the Mavericks closer with a two-run homer in the sixth. Mack yielded to the bullpen after pitching six full innings, allowing seven runs, and striking out two.
Brault moved from first base to the mound in the seventh inning, but defensive miscues prevented the left-handed reliever from preserving the Regis lead. Brault allowed the tying run in the seventh and the winning run in the ninth, giving the Mavericks the 9-8 win and their second walk-off win of the series.
Colorado Mesa scored nine runs on nine hits and three errors. Regis fell with eight runs on 12 hits and three errors. Tim Moore (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to pick up the victory for the Mavericks. Brault (0-2) was charged with the loss after allowing two runs (none earned) in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Piazza went 3-for-4 in the designated hitter role. The sophomore also collected an RBI and scored a run. Meacham and Billinger each finished with two hits in four plate appearances.
The Rangers return home to face Metro State College on Friday, March 30. The four-game series opener is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.