UCCS Scores Three in Final Inning for 12-9 Victory at Adams

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ALAMOSA, Colo. Matthew McDermott went three-for-four with two RBIs and two runs as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs earned a 12-9 victory against Adams State in the final game of a four-game series at the ASU Baseball Field. The Mountain Lions (12-11, 7-5 RMAC) scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to secure the win against the Grizzlies (8-14, 2-6 RMAC).

The 12 runs matched the season-high for the Mountain Lions set in yesterday’s first game against the Grizzlies. McDermott’s three hits were his most this season while Tyler Matheny went three-for-five and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Tyler Keil scored three runs and went two-for-three with two walks.

UCCS took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning with Zach Hall scoring on a triple from Matheny, and Matheny scoring from a ground out to shortstop from Efrain Medina. The Grizzlies led off the bottom of the first with a home run and added three more runs in the inning for a 4-2 lead against the Mountain Lions. UCCS tied the game with two runs in the top of the second with runs from Keil and McDermott on hits from Hall and Matheny, respectively.

The game remained in a 4-4 tie until Hall hit a solo home run to right field in the fourth inning. The Mountain Lions expanded the lead to 6-4 in the fifth inning when Medina scored on a sacrifice bunt from Jamie Crabtree, but the Grizzlies took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the inning for a 7-6 advantage.

UCCS drew three straight walks in the sixth inning and scored three runs to retake the lead at 9-7. Adams State scored one on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth and cut the Mountain Lions down to 9-8, where the score stayed going into the ninth inning.

The Mountain Lions loaded the bases in the ninth inning with one out, and McDermott hit a two-RBI single to left field to score Colin Ludwig and John Mallon. Martinez expanded the lead to 12-8 with a sacrifice fly to score Keil before a strikeout ended the inning.

The first three Grizzlies reached base in the bottom of the ninth with no outs, and Adams State scored one but lost two runners on a double play. Medina fielded a ground ball at second base to end the game as the Mountain Lions earned a split with Adams State in the road series.

UCCS will return home for a four-game series with Colorado Christian March 24-26 at Spurgeon Field. The Cougars (6-16, 0-8 RMAC) dropped four games to Regis this weekend.