GOLDEN, Colo. — Dixie State dropped the middle two games of its RMAC series at Colorado School of Mines on Saturday afternoon at Jim Darden Field. DSU fell victim to a big Mines third inning and could not recover in dropping the first of two seven-inning games, 13-8, before letting an early-inning lead slip away in an 8-4 loss in the nightcap.
In game one, the Orediggers ambushed Dixie State for two runs in the first inning and one more in the second before plating nine runs in the third to bolt out to a commanding 12-0 lead. While the Mines offense was hitting on all cylinders, CSM ace Walter Pennington set the Trailblazers down in order over his first three innings of work.
DSU finally got a baserunner on to lead off the fourth when Brody Clifford walked to lead off the frame. Then after an error and a pair of strikeouts, Tyson Fisher collected the first Dixie State hit and RBI with a double to right-center to drive in Clifford and get the Blazers on the board.
After Mines came back with a run in the home fourth, the Trailblazers answered with five runs in the fifth off of Pennington to cut the deficit to 13-6. Kade Cloward and Clifford both walked to start the rally, and the duo would come around to score on a Tanner Harper double. The Harper double was the first of three straight two-baggers for the Trailblazers as Jake Engel and Cade Spurlin followed with RBI doubles in the frame.
Dixie State continued to chip away in the sixth as the Blazers loaded the bases with two walks and a Jake Brown single. With two outs in the stanza, Engel and Spurlin both drew walks to force in a pair of runs to pull to within 13-8. However that would be all DSU would get as Mines reliever Ian Durgin induced an inning-ending groundout to end the threat, then pitched a scoreless seventh to end the game.
In the nightcap, Dixie State had runners in scoring position in each of the first two innings but could not capitalize. Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Blazers finally broke through with three runs to take their first lead of the day at 3-1. With the bases loaded and two outs, Tyler Hollow singled in the tying run, then Brown followed with a two-run base hit.Comment on this story
Unfortunately the Trailblazers’ advantage would be short-lived as the Orediggers wrestled the lead right back with four runs in the home third, thanks in part to back-to-back RBI doubles from Trevor Kehe and Mikey Gangwish, to jump back on top at 5-3.
After DSU came back with a run in the fourth to cut the deficit in half at 5-4, CSM tacked on three more runs in the fifth off home runs from Jace Selsor and Kehe to extend to an 8-4 advantage. The Mines bullpen maintained that lead from there as the unit limited the Trailblazers to only one hit over the final two innings to close out the day.
The Trailblazers will look to salvage a split of the four-game set in Sunday’s finale beginning at noon.