As a result of lousy weather in the Golden area, The Colorado School of Mines Baseball team’s first home game was moved to Saturday, making a doubleheader against Regis the start of baseball at Jim Darden Field. The recent snow in Golden did have an effect, as Regis had to share bullpens with Mines for the first game, but the weather on this day was fair for the most part, with an occasional breeze.
The wind was not in favor of CSM pitchers as the Rangers scored 20 runs on 22 hits. Righty Matt Brown started the game and pitched into the fourth inning, giving up 7 runs on 9 hits. Regis only scored one in the bottom of the first, and Mines quickly answered back in the bottom of the first, as Charlie Basil blasted a double on the second pitch. A perfectly executed bunt, by sophomore first baseman Zach Bothwell, moved Basil to third, and a Bobby Egeberg groundout scored Basil.
The top of the second inning went well for Brown and the Orediggers. Regis led off with a single, but a strikeout and a double play ended the inning quickly. However, Mines went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second inning.
The game began to get away from Mines in the third inning. After a failed diving catch by center fielder Bobby Egeberg resulted in the runner going to second. Five hits later, including a homerun to right, the Rangers were up 6-1. Egeberg appeared to be a little roughed up after the dive, but stayed in the rest of the game.
Pitching-wise, the rest of the game fell apart for Mines. Freshman Nick Vittulli, Clark Martin, and Parker Stevens all threw in relief, giving up a combined 13 runs over four innings. Sophomore righty Brandon Storm came in and pitched a perfect ninth to end the Rangers’ hit parade against the Orediggers.
The remainder of the CSM offense came in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Mines scored two unearned runs in the fourth, with Egeberg scoring on an errant throw after singling to left and Nate Olinger trotting home as Kyle Wallace was caught stealing. With the bases loaded in the fifth, Olinger laced a single through the left side of the infield scoring two. In the sixth, Travis Ramos’ patience paid off as the freshman shortstop walked, advanced to second on a groundout, and finally scored on Basil’s single.
The Orediggers would fare better on the mound in the second game, although not better with the bats as they would fall to the Rangers 8-1. Sophomore righty Ben Gilman took the loss, pitching four full innings and allowing four of the runs. Gilman struck out seven and walked only one. Eric Shannon would relieve him, as the junior righty would pitch the final three innings and allow four runs as well.
Mines was scoreless heading into the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore catcher Evan Brown doubled to right-center field, and was replaced by Matt Spirek on the basepaths. Spirek would then promptly score Mines’ lone run of the game on senior Garrett Schirmacher’s single through the hole on the right side.
Mines wrapped up their series with the Rangers Saturday with another doubleheader on Sunday. They will face Colorado Christian University in Lakewood next week to continue conference play.