Metro baseball split a double-header with Adams State March 8 in a snow-shortened weekend series. The Roadrunners won the first game 8-2 and lost the second, 4-2, at the Auraria Field.
After a one-out single put Adams State on the board in the top of the first inning in game one, Metro scored three runs in the bottom of the second.
Junior third baseman/pitcher Sean Reeves doubled to left field, scoring sophomore center fielder Mitch Gibbons and moving sophomore first baseman/catcher Darryl Baca to third base.
An RBI groundout by senior catcher Markie Ortivez scored Baca, and gave Metro a 2-1 lead. Senior pitcher/outfielder Forrest Carpenter doubled to left center, which brought Reeves in, giving the Runners a 3-1 lead.
Metro never relinquished the lead. The Roadrunners scored four runs on two hits and one error in the bottom of the fourth, and added one more run in the bottom of the fifth, as Carpenter worked a bases loaded walk, to make the score 8-2.
Sophomore pitcher Patrick Gojan evened his season record at 2-2 with the win. The Colorado native went the distance against the Grizzlies. He pitched all nine innings for the Roadrunners and faced 36 batters.
“It’s awesome. It helps the bullpen if you can get nine innings out of your starter,” Metro baseball head coach Jerrid Oates said. “It gives energy to the whole team too.”
Gojan gave up seven hits and two earned runs over nine frames, and recorded an impressive 16 of 27 outs via the groundball. Gojan is one of four returning pitchers to the Runners’ starting rotation this season.
“It gives us stability,” Oates said. “(To have) guys that have been through a full season, with travel, and know what the RMAC is all about.”
Metro fell 4-2 to Adams State in the second game.
Senior outfielder Alex Schrupp collected two RBIs for Metro, both on sacrifice flies to center field. Schrupp’s first sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning scored junior middle infielder Zac Baldini, and his second in the bottom of the third inning scored senior shortstop Erik Cammall.