Colorado Mesa sweeps Colorado Mines, sets Division II attendance mark
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Top-ranked Colorado Mesa scored a pair of walk-off wins against the Colorado Mines Orediggers on Friday at Suplizio Field. The Mavericks pushed their mark to 41-6 on the season and 33-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
In game one, James Young III's sacrifice bunt turned out to be the game winner as the Oredigger first baseman committed a throwing error that scored Bligh Madris from second base in an 8-7 win.
Madris finished 3-for-3 in the game and hit his 18th and 19th doubles of the season. He also walked twice and scored twice.
Colorado Mesa fell behind early 4-0 and 5-1 before the fourth inning but came storming back, scoring two in the bottom of the fourth and three in the bottom of the fifth.
Alex Fife hit his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Matt Allen earned the win in relief and improved to 6-1 on the season. Allen went four innings and allowed one run on four hits, walked none and struck out two.
In the nightcap, an NCAA Division II record crowd of 5,172 witnessed the second walk-off win of the day on an RBI double by Kyle Serrano that scored Alex Fife from first base to give Colorado Mesa a 4-3 win.
Serrano was the only player in the game to have multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored.
Dakota Behr earned the win in relief and moved his record to 2-1 on the season. Behr pitched the final 2.1 innings and allowed just two hits while striking out five.
Colorado Mesa broke the old attendance record of 4,468 set by RMAC rival CSU-Pueblo last season.