Regis Wins Series with 6-5 Victory over Mines
Golden, Colo.: (By Dylan Docker) The Rangers (16-16, 11-13 RMAC) wrapped up their four-game weekend series with a 6-5 win over the Orediggers (11-17, 10-14 RMAC) at Jim Darden Field on Saturday. Regis has won three consecutive games and six of their last eight.
Junior right-hander Aaron Harms got the call for just his second start of the season. He opposed sophomore righty Peter Herrin, who returned for his second start in as many days after lasting only one inning in yesterday's 19-0 Regis win.
The Orediggers gave Herrin a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. The Rangers got on the board in the fourth inning when sophomore right fielder John Tosches connected for a double and came around to score on an RBI single by senior third baseman Dave Holland.
After retiring the first two Ranger hitters in the fifth inning, Herrin allowed back-to-back walks before yielding the tying run. Sophomore designated hitter Tony Piazza provided the RBI single to knot the game at two apiece.
The Orediggers retook the lead with a run in the home half of the fifth, but the Rangers would claim a permanent advantage with four runs in the seventh inning. A sacrifice fly from Piazza tied the game before a critical error by the Mines defense opened the door for three more Regis runs.
The Rangers brought a 6-3 into the eighth inning, but the Orediggers picked up a pair of runs off of Regis reliever Kevin Ross. Right-handed junior Hunter Aronson relieved Ross after retiring only one hitter.
Aronson put down the Mines rally in the eighth and recorded the final three outs of the ninth to bring home the 6-5 road win and claim the series three games to one.
The Rangers won with six runs on 12 hits and no errors. Mines dropped their third game in a row with five runs on 13 hits and two errors. Harms (3-1) was credited with the win for after pitching seven innings and striking out four. Eric Shannon (1-3), who took the loss in yesterday's afternoon game, pitched five innings but again allowed the decisive runs and was charged with the loss for Mines.
Tosches finished 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in today's finale, while junior catcher Nano Jacobsen collected two hits in four at-bats.
Sophomore Steven Brault, who injured his shoulder and sustained a concussion in a game last week, returned to action for the first time since March 30. Brault pinch-hit for Piazza in the eighth and laced a single on the first pitch he saw.
The Rangers return home to take on CSU-Pueblo in a four-game weekend series at the Regis baseball field. Game one is set for Friday, April 13 with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 p.m.