Mines Hardballers Take Down Metro State, 12-6

DENVER – The Colorado School of Mines baseball team kept the momentum going Friday after pounding 16 hits en route to a 12-6 victory over Metro State at Auraria Field in Denver. 

The Orediggers (3-6, 2-3) earned a win in their first game against former Mines head coach Jerrid Oates, who resigned to take the head coaching position at Metro State following last year's campaign. The Roadrunners (4-7, 1-4 RMAC) were stymied by three errors, two of which came in a five-run fifth inning for Mines. 

Mines opened up the scoring right away in the top of the first when speedy shortstop Tyler Phan Thornton wheeled around from first base on a single down the right field line by Jordan Williams. An error by the first baseman after the hit allowed the senior to score, giving Mines a quick 1-0 lead. 

The Roadrunners tied up the ballgame in their half of the inning, but again found themselves trailing after Williams, Nick Piehl, Bobby Egeberg, Derek Skrdlant and Matthew Pullos went double, single, single, single and single on consecutive at-bats in the fourth, with the first two scoring on RBI's by Egeberg and Skrdlant. A sac fly by Matt Spirek brought around Egeberg, putting Mines up 4-1. 

Metro State added two more runs in their half of the fourth, but Mines made use of MSC miscues in scoring five in the fifth. A leadoff single by Zach Bothwell started the rally, and a two-RBI double by Kyle Wallace pushed the last two runners across, giving Mines a 9-3 lead. 

Mines put three more runs on the scoreboard in the seventh when an RBI walk by Matt Spirek with the bases loaded scored Egeberg after he led off the inning with a double. With the bases still loaded, a wild pitch by the Roadrunner hurler scored Skrdlant, and a sac fly by Wallace scored Pullos to close out the CSM scoring.

Blake Dunham earned his first win of the season after working through six innings with four strikeouts.

Egeberg paced the offense with a 3-for-4 effort with three runs scored and an RBI. Kyle Wallace knocked in three runs on a 1-for-4 clip, and Williams finished 3-for-4 with a run scored. 

In all, six different CSM batters recorded at least two hits in the win.

The two squads will face each other in games two and three of a four-game series tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.