Rams lose 16-game winning streak to Buffs

The No. 1 ranked baseball team continues unprecedented season despite defeat

By Jeremiah Devereaux, Mbulelo Maqungo
On March 6, 2020

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty:
Bradley Mathiowetz, senior, celebrates ASU’s victory over West Texas A&M University after the last hit of the seventh inning. Mathiowetz comes to ASU from his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota.


The ASU Rams baseball team between Feb. 28 and March 1 played a series of home games against West Texas A&M University.

On Friday, the Rams defeated the Buffs 5-4, while on Saturday the two teams played a double header in which ASU won the first game 8-5 and lost the second 2-8. Finally, ASU concluded the weekend with a 9-8 win to take the series. Saturday night is the baseball team’s first loss of the season putting their once unde­feated record from 16-0 to 17-1.

The Rams secured victory Friday night in an 11-inning game. The game started with an early lead for WTAMU, but the score was later tied by the bottom of the second inning. The Rams scored again at the bottom of the fourth and prevented the Buffs from gaining any runs for the next four innings.

The two teams faced off in a double­header on Saturday and ended with the Rams breaking even. In the beginning of the first game, the Rams were off to a rocky start. For the the first five innings, ASU was losing, but that was until junior Justin Lee stole home in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game 5-5. Af­ter the tie, sophomore Thomas Caine was the distraction in the pickle while trying to steal second, and stole it successfully. Just after, bas­es were loaded and senior Nick Seginowich hit a walk-off home run towards left field to end the game 8-5 in the bottom of the seventh.

The Rams and the Buffs opened the second game of the doubleheader with two scoreless innings. A decisive play by WTA­MU led to a score for the Buffs at the top of the third. During the top of the fifth, the Buffs continued to increase their lead, ending the Rams’ winning streak with a score of 2-8.

The final game of the weekend had the Rams scoring first thanks to Seginowich and junior Parker Bramlett. The lead fluctu­ated between ASU and WTAMU during the 11-inning game, ultimately ending with a sin­gle from junior Aaron Walters that scored the game-winning point. The Rams won the series with a score of 9-8. Decisive plays this game came from seniors Riley Peterson, Tyler Men­doza and Josh Elvir.

“This team has been the closest, chem­istry-wise, I’ve ever been a part of,” Elivir said after the game. “While our team goal of an un­defeated season is out of the question now, I still feel like us setting the bar that high has kept us locked in and performing at an incred­ible level. We’re a team full of competitors and I’m optimistic about what’s next.”

Elvir is currently in the running for the Golden Spikes Award, a national honor given to the best amateur baseball player in the reg­ular season.

Coach Kevin Brooks was unhappy with the Saturday night loss, but was proud of the effort displayed throughout the weekend.

“We shot ourselves over again in the foot, but to our credit, the guys never stopped fighting,” Brooks said. “We had a couple of good base running moves by No. 10 Justin Lee on the steal to home twice. No. 34 Ben Elder did a great job on the mound, including the freshman No. 21 Kyle Moseley.”

The Rams will compete in a four-game series against St. Edwards’s University on March 6-8.

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