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May 5, 2012

Poulin's Gem Leads Orediggers To 6-0 Win Over No. 11 CMU

GOLDEN – In keeping with the theme of the day, Colorado School of Mines senior pitcher Matt Poulin decided to make the most out of his final start in front of the home crowd and did just that with a three-hit gem to lead the Oredigger baseball team to a 6-0 win over No. 11 Colorado Mesa in the regular season finale on Saturday at Jim Darden Field.

Mines (16-28, 15-25 RMAC) got its second-straight superb start from one of its senior hurlers in Poulin's effort, a game after Chris Pickett scored a win in his first start during the day's first game. 

After setting a record for hits in a game during his 6-for-6 performance in game one, redshirt sophomore Kyle Wallace etched his name into the record books once more with a 3-for-3 effort in game two, pushing his hits in consecutive at-bats number to nine which breaks the old record of eight set by Elliott Riege in 2011. 

The Orediggers once again got after the Mavericks' (38-12, 32-8 RMAC) starter early and often, this time touching CMU starter Garrett Carpenter for four runs in the first inning. 

Bobby Egeberg led off the game with a single to right center and he was quickly moved to second on a single to shortstop by Tyler Phan Thornton. Wallace then notched his first RBI of the ballgame on a single to right that scored the speedy Egeberg from second. A single up the middle by Charlie Basil scored Thornton, pushing the Oredigger lead to 2-0. A single to right center by Nick Piehl in the next at-bat brought around Wallace, and Basil would come in to score on Piehl's stolen base after the Mavericks' first baseman made an errant throw to try and pick Basil off third. 

The Orediggers added another run in the fourth when Piehl hit a towering home run over the left field wall that pushed the Oredigger lead to 5-0.

Mines got its sixth and final run in the bottom of the fifth when Wallace singled to right center to score Thornton from second after he doubled down the left field line in his at-bat.

Poulin captured the win after allowing just three hits and two walks over the full seven innings. He struck out five batters and needed just 93 pitches to capture the complete-game victory.

Wallace led the offense with two RBI and a run scored on a 3-for-3 batting line while Piehl made noise in his final home game with two RBI and a run scored on 2-for-3 hitting. Thornton added two hits and two runs scored in three at-bats to round out the Oredigger offensive highlights.

Mines will now turn its attention back to Colorado Mesa, as the Orediggers will open up postseason play with a matchup against the Mavericks in the first round of the RMAC Tournament. The two squads will face off on Wednesday, May 9, at 3:30 p.m. at Rawlings Field in Pueblo. 

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