Ram Baseball splits series

Rams fight to even series against Colorado State - Pueblo

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On March 1, 2018

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Jacob Boston, senior third and first baseman, slides safely into second base. Boston hit his first double of the season against CSU-Pueblo.

Ram baseball split its four-game series against Colorado State University - Pueblo Feb. 23-25, winning the second and fourth games.

In game one, the Rams lost 10-9 after an attempted comeback in the seventh inning. The Rams had eight errors in the game, which is the second most in a single game in ASU program history.

"It’s hard to win when you have eight errors and they just got the three earned runs," head baseball coach Kevin Brooks said. "We can’t just give games to people, but we seem to have done that a lot this year."

On Saturday, the team split their doubleheader, winning the first game of the day 3-0 before dropping the second game 3-2.

Tyler Lesley, junior pitcher, started the first game of the day for ASU and threw seven innings, striking out four batters.

Shane Browning, senior pitcher, was on the mound for game three and struck out nine batters.

"I thought Tyler and Shane did a great job," Brooks said.

The Rams came back in game four, shutting out CSU- Pueblo 10-0 to split the series.

Redshirt freshman Carson Childers took the mound and struck out seven batters, followed by freshman Trent Baker, who also struck out seven batters.

"Carson did what he’s done all year, and when you give up just two hits it makes it hard to lose," Brooks said. "Then Trent Baker came in and was just dominant for three innings, and those guys just set the tone, and everybody else followed behind."

Childers pitched for six innings, giving up only one hit.

"I’m just trying to do my job: throw strikes and help the team get back in the dugout so we can score some runs," Childers said.

The Ram’s offense struck quickly in the first inning.

Michael Urquidi, junior, hit a one-out single through the right side and Bradley Mathiowetz, redshirt junior, followed with another single.

Nicholas Novak, sophomore, was hit by a pitch to load the bases with still just one out, and Jacob Boston, senior, brought in all the runners with a double to right center field.

Urquidi scored again in the third inning on a double from Novak, who brought Urquidi home again in the fifth inning on a ground ball.

The sixth inning was another offense attack from the Rams with 4 runs scored.

The Rams plated one more run in the eighth to score the tenth and final run.

"I thought today was the first day that we showed up, in my mind, to go out and whoop somebody all year," Brooks said. "That has to be your mentality every time you show up, and it was good to see. Now, we got to keep that going moving forward."

The Rams, now 9-5 for the season, will take on Eastern New Mexico March 2-4 in Portales, New Mexico.

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