Metro 3 – CCU 0
The Metro baseball team swept three games against Colorado Christian after suffering its worst defeat in school history. The ’Runners scored a school-record 34 runs against Colorado Christian March 5 at Auraria Field. The 34-12 victory came one week after the team allowed a school-most 33 runs.
“It was embarrassing losing the way we did, we came out and hit the ball … It was the first time everything came together,” outfielder Marcel Dominguez said.
Metro returned home after a four-game series in Grand Junction against Mesa State.
“Being at home is always nice. But we have been hitting everyone really well,” outfielder Mike Coffey said.
Junior first baseman Jordan Stouffer scored a team-record six runs in the game, while third baseman Everett Altman tied the school record for most RBIs in a game with eight.
Pitcher Ted Jamison pitched six solid innings, struck-out six batters and earned the win. The ’Runners jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. They lead 17-1 after three innings, helped out by home runs from Altman and Stouffer. The team combined for 32 hits, and eight of the nine starters had at least one hit.
“As a team we came up big in situational hitting and did everything right,” outfielder Chris Redding said. “We have been doing really well, pitchers are working really hard. We really pitched as a team and were able to get ahead of batters.”
The 32 hits are a school record, and the team set a record for most RBIs, doubles (12) and total bases (56). Metro swept a doubleheader against the Cougars March 6 to round out the weekend.
The ’Runners defeated CCU 9-4 behind junior pitcher Jake Draeger in the first game, and won 19-5 in the second game. Stouffer led the team with 3 RBIs and he hit his second home run of the season. Draeger pitched 7.1 innings and allowed two earned runs.
Stouffer had a game-high six RBIs in the second game of the doubleheader. Designated hitter Brennan Brown added four RBIs, including a three-run home run.
The pitchers played well, and several of the Metro players believed this was a huge reason for their success.
“Coach tells the pitchers to get ahead of the batter, this weekend at CCU they tried to prove a point. I’m really proud of the pitchers, it’s pitching that’s the backbone,” Dominguez said.
The ’Runners will face Regis March 9 at Auraria Field.