No. 15/19 Dixie State opened the road portion of its 2018 regular season slate on a sour note as the Trailblazers came out on the short end of a 14-5 decision at No. 4/3 Colorado Mesa on Friday afternoon at Suplizio Field.
CMU (3-2) jumped on the Trailblazers early as Reagan Todd spotted the Mavericks a quick 2-0 lead on a towering two-run home run to right center field. Colorado Mesa tacked on two more runs in third before erupting for seven runs in the home sixth to extend to an 11-0 advantage.
Dixie State (4-3) was held to just five hits in the first seven innings of play before breaking through with four runs in the eighth to cut the deficit to 13-4. Tyler Hollow and Kade Cloward both reached on base hits early in the frame, then after a walk to load the bases, Hollow scored DSU’s first run on a balk. Logan Porter followed with a bases clearing two-run double to right center, and the senior plated the fourth run after the Maverick bullpen issued three-straight walks.
However, that was as close as the Trailblazers would get as CMU got one of those runs back in the home eighth, while DSU plated a run on a Cloward RBI hit with none out in the ninth. But he was erased on a double-play ball one batter later, which thwarted any chance of a late Dixie rally.
DSU finished with nine hits, including a 3-for-3 effort with a walk for Jake Engel, while Porter and Cloward finished with two hits apiece and combined to drive in three of DSU’s five runs. Maverick outfielder Keenan Eaton collected four hits and four RBIs to pace the CMU offense, which pounded out 15 hits on the day.
The two teams will continue the four-game set Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.