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May 10, 2012

Orediggers Rally For 10-8 RMAC Tourney Win Over UNK

PUEBLO – The Colorado School of Mines baseball team was able to overcome 15 runners left on base and a 6-2 deficit through four innings to post a 10-8 victory over Nebraska-Kearney in the consolation round of the RMAC Baseball Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Rawlings Field in Pueblo. 

Mines (17-29) used three UNK (18-33) errors and eight total free passes (five HBP, three BB) combined with 12 hits to post their first win in the RMAC Tournament since the team topped Metro State by an 11-4 final on May 7, 2008.  

After the Lopers took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first, Mines answered quickly in the home half of the frame when an RBI single by Kyle Wallace to right scored Tyler Phan Thornton from third. 

UNK recaptured the lead in the top of the second on a two-run homer by third baseman Mike Nowak

Mines continued to battle and added another run in its half of the inning when Thornton reached on an error by the UNK first baseman. 

A home run by Brian Wuest in the top of the third pushed the Loper lead to 4-2, and two more runs in the top of the fourth made it 6-2. 

Another RBI single by Wallace, this time to shortstop in the bottom of the fourth, scored Zach Bothwell and trimmed UNK's lead to 6-3. 

After starting pitcher Blake Dunham retired UNK in order in the top of the fifth, Mines tied up the ballgame with three runs in the home half of the inning. An RBI-single by First Team All-RMAC outfielder Bobby Egeberg to right scored Nick Piehl after he led off with a single, and an RBI fielder's choice by Wallace scored Evan Brown. After Mines loaded up the bases, Brett Olsson was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game to push Egeberg across for the final run of the inning. 

Neither team would score until the bottom of the seventh, when Wallace doubled to left center to start the rally, and after he was moved to third, came around to score on an error by the UNK pitcher in Olsson's at-bat. Another error by UNK, this time by the third baseman, allowed Olsson to come around and score which put Mines ahead 8-6. 

UNK  trimmed the Oredigger lead to 8-7 in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by Reid Carter, but Mines pushed two more across in the bottom of the eighth on a double by Egeberg down the left field line that scored Bothwell from second. Wallace hit another single up the middle for his fourth RBI of the ballgame to score Egeberg and put Mines up 10-7.

UNK would mount a two-out rally and push a run across, but Peter Herrin would strike out the final batter to end the game. 

Herrin captured the win after allowing two earned runs on six hits over four innings of relief. He and starter Blake Dunham combined for 10 strikeouts in the outing. 

Wallace led the offense with a 4-for-6 effort at the plate with a run scored and four RBI. Over his last four games, the Third Team All-RMAC selection has posted a .737 batting average (14-for-19), an .895 slugging percentage and a .737 on-base percentage (1.632 OPS) and 10 RBI. 

Egeberg finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI out of his leadoff spot and Brown scored twice on a 1-for-3 day at the dish. 

Mines will now face CSU-Pueblo tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. The ThunderWolves topped Colorado Mesa by a 16-5 final score on Thursday afternoon.

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