The Oredigger Baseball Team opened up one of their last series of the regular season by slamming Metro State 17-6 Friday at Jim Darden Field in Golden, CO.
Four different players recorded three or more hits in the series opener. The Orediggers (14-23, 13-20 RMAC) posted a season-high 20 hits and 17 runs, while junior pitcher Blake Dunham allowed nine hits and three runs over seven innings keeping Metro State on its toes. Dunham issued no free passes over his 113 pitches. Highlights included junior center fielder Bobby Egeberg who led the offense with four RBIs, two runs scored, and a 3-for-6 performance at the plate.
In the top of the third Mines exploded for seven runs starting with both Bobby Egeberg and Zach Bothwell stealing bases. Mines would then go on a four run fourth inning and four run sixth inning. The highlight of the game was a home run by sophomore Derek Skrdlant in the eighth inning to put Mines ahead 16-3.
Unfortunately for Mines, Saturday was a different story. In the first game on Saturday, the second of the series, Mines struggled and after giving up a five run ninth inning, fell to Metro State 15-5.
In that game, Mines started out strong with a four run first inning but their offense soon stalled and could only muster one more run which came in the seventh inning. Meanwhile Metro State rebounded from the early deficit with a three run second inning, five run fifth inning, and four run seventh inning.
In the third game Mines lost 4-0 to Metro State with Metro scoring two runs in the first inning. Mike Thill and Robbie Nickels of Metro State held Mines at bay in the 4-0 shutout. Mines had a total of seven hits but could not convert due to the numerous strikeouts.
The Orediggers are currently 14-23 overall and 13-20 in RMAC play. With only five games left in the season the Orediggers are preparing for the RMAC tournament in Pueblo, Colorado.