DENVER — Dixie State dropped the middle two games of its RMAC series at MSU Denver on a frigid and sometimes snowy Saturday afternoon at Legacy Athletic Complex. DSU was felled by a school-record seven errors in dropping the first of two seven-inning games, 14-3, before falling by a 4-1 count in the nightcap.
In game one, the Trailblazers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in their first offensive frame thanks to an RBI triple from Cade Spurlin, who scored two batters later on a Tyler Hollow single.
MSU Denver (25-10, 18-5 RMAC) struck for all 14 of its runs over the middle three innings, beginning with a four-run third stanza aided by two Blazer miscues, as the Roadrunners took their first lead of the day at 4-2. Dixie State got one of those runs back in the fourth on an Alec Flemetakis run-scoring flyout, but MSUD countered with three more unearned runs in the home fourth thanks to two more DSU errors.
The Roadrunners then put the game away with an eight-run fifth inning, with six of those runs coming after two outs and two errors that helped extend the frame. In all, 11 of the 14 runs MSU Denver scored in the Saturday’s first game were unearned.
Dixie State (24-13, 14-9 RMAC) finished with just six hits in the opener, led by Hollow and Kade Cloward who collected two hits apiece. DSU’s seven errors broke the previous school record of six set in a home loss to Azusa Pacific during the 2008 season.
In the nightcap, the Trailblazers scored first for the third straight game in the series, this time with a single run the third inning on a two-out RBI single from Spurlin. Meanwhile, sophomore lefthander Jack Gonzales breezed through his first two innings of work, which included striking out the side in the second frame.
MSUD managed to tie score at 1-1 in the home third as the Roadrunners led off the frame with two consecutive singles and later plated their first run on a wild pitch. However Gonzales would limit MSUD to just the one run as he again struck out the side to escape further damage.Comment on this story
The score remained tied until the bottom of the sixth when the Roadrunners loaded the bases with consecutive leadoff singles and a one-out walk, which spelled the end of the day for Gonzales (L, 5-2), who had retired eight straight prior to the start of the frame. Following the pitching change, MSUD would push across the go-ahead run with a walk, while Ty Lightley doubled in two more runs later in the stanza to make it a 4-1 game. Roadrunner reliever Eric Cox then came on and pitched a hitless seventh to close out the game.
DSU lost despite outhitting MSUD 5-4, with Hollow collecting two more hits in game two to finish with four safeties on the day.
The Trailblazers will look to salvage a series split in Sunday’s finale beginning at noon.