Baseball piling up wins; take four of last five

Rene Gomez

T-Birds baseball picked up a 10-1 home victory against the Arizona Christian University Firestorm on March 20.

Sophomore outfielder Wes Byers led Mesa with two triples, two RBI, and scored a run.

Freshman outfielder James Anderson hit two singles, scored two runs, and added a stolen base.

As a team the T-Birds had 13 total hits, and drew five walks to give their lineup plenty of chances to bring runs home.

For several innings the score was tied at 1-1, but Mesa started to build a lead from a five run seventh inning, and finished with eight runs in the last three innings of the game.

T-Bird pitching was effective and Head Coach Tony Cirelli used 10 pitchers throughout the game who combined to allow only one earned run off of eight hits, six strikeouts, and walked three batters.

“I know Skip (Cirelli) was real impressed with them and he talked about it after the meeting, but all of them went out and did what they were supposed to do,” Byers said.

Freshman pitcher Sean McGuire started the game and allowed the only run in the first inning.

Sophomore pitcher Jason Euler led all pitchers with his two strikeouts in his seventh inning appearance.

Sophomore utility player Levi Larmour got on base three times with two walks and a single, plus he stole two bases to put pressure on the opposing pitchers for Arizona Christian.

“It’s more a team-based game then it is individually and yeah you’re always trying to work on your stats, but as long as you’re trying to help the team win that’s what we’re going for,” Larmour said.

On March 22 the T-Birds traveled to Arizona Western to sweep the Matadors.

Mesa won game one 2-0 with freshman infielder Jordan Zimmerman’s bat and sophomore pitcher John Havird’s arm.

Zimmerman went two for three and drove in both runs for Mesa, and Havird threw seven scoreless innings allowing only one hit and struck out four batters.

In game two, the T-Birds had to hold off a late inning surge by the Matadors to close out the sweep with a 6-5 win.

Freshman infielder Casey Moses went two for four and scored two runs for the T-Birds and freshman pitcher Evan Fresquez threw six scoreless innings, allowed five hits, and struck out five Matadors.

Byers also had a productive day at the plate going three for three, drove in one run, and scored a run as well.

On March 25, Mesa split a series at home against Central Arizona College and won the first game 3-1 and lost the second 11-1.

Freshman catcher Zack Soria went two for two and scored a run, and freshman infielder Alex Gudac drove in two runs.

Freshman pitcher Joseph Carvalho got the start and threw seven innings and gave up a home run (the only run allowed) off of three hits and seven strikeouts.

Game two was not so successful because the T-Bird’s only run in the 11-1 loss was in the seventh inning.

Sophomore utility player Dillon Fahr went two for three and freshman catcher Jordan Rose scored the only run.

Freshman pitcher Ryan Chen was unable to get his first win (0-4) and allowed nine runs (seven earned) off of 10 hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

Mesa’s next home game is scheduled for 3 p.m. on April 2 against the Arizona State University Club.

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These are archived stories from Mesa Legend editions before Fall 2018. See article for corresponding author.

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