Colorado Mesa beats Aquinas in DII World Series 1st day
CARY, N.C. — Pinch hitter Trevor Elcock scored the winning run for Colorado Mesa University’s baseball team on a throwing error in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Mavericks to a 5-4 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas during the first day of the NCAA Division II World Series at the USA Baseball Training Complex.
Mesa (45-11 overall), coached by Roaring Fork High School graduate Chris Hanks, is making its second appearance in the Division II World Series in the past five years. The Mavericks moved into the winners bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will play next against Seton Hill University (Penn.) at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Jordan Liester and Nate Robertson each had two hits and Garrett Carpenter drove in a pair of runs to pace the Mavericks, who finished with 11 hits and rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. Stanley Susana finished 3-for-5 batting for St. Thomas Aquinas, which committed four errors.
The biggest of those four errors came in the bottom of the 10th inning. Elcock led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a double off Aquinas pitcher C.J. Ferriggi. Mesa’s Derrick Garcia followed with a bunt to move Elcock to third base, but a throwing error to first from Aquinas third baseman Greg Drawber allowed Elcock to score the winning run from third base.
Mesa had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, loading the bases with one out. But a ground ball by Austin Kiser created a force-out at home plate, and a flyout by Nate Robertson got Aquinas out of the late-inning jam and forced extra innings.
Aquinas tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth inning, using an RBI single from Derek Hirsch to score Kenny Kirshner. Mesa had taken a 4-3 lead earlier when a two-out RBI single from Liester scored Robertson from second base in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Garrett Carpenter earned the pitching win, allowing one earned run in two innings of relief.
St. Thomas Aquinas moved into an elimination game Tuesday afternoon against Minnesota State-Mankato.
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