The Oredigger baseball team drove out to Denver this weekend to take on the Metro State University Roadrunners in a pair of doubleheaders. Mines won both games Friday 6-4 and 5-3 and played out the remainder of the series Sunday.
The Orediggers took the first shot as freshman infielder Logan Smith stole home in the first inning on a double steal while freshman Cody Marvel stole second base. Metro then responded by scoring two of their own runs off junior righty Ben Gilman. But the bats got to work again in the top of the second, with Logan Smith driving in junior infielder Zach Bothwell on an RBI single, and Bothwell scoring on an error by Metro’s third baseman. Mines increased their 3-2 advantage to 6-2 in the fourth inning as Bothwell crossed the plate again, this time on an out from shortstop to first, and Marvel provided an RBI single that scored two.
Gilman settled down and did not allow any further runs after that first inning, going seven full innings. Gilman allowed three walks and seven hits, but added four strikeouts to his line for another solid start. Freshman Nathan Smith closed for him and picked up the save while allowing two runs on three hits, and fanned two.
Mines got right to work in the afternoon game, scoring three in the first. Cody Marvel drove in Charlie Basil with a single, Zach Bothwell walked with the bases loaded, and then Marvel scored on a fielding error. The Orediggers added more runs in the sixth and seventh innings—1 in each.
Nate Olinger had a good day with his 7-inning complete game. Olinger allowed the three runs, two of which came off of home runs, on five hits, but struck out two and only walked one. Mines played errorless baseball in the afternoon cap.
Mines takes on New Mexico Highlands in their second home series of the season next Friday through Sunday.