Taking on the squad had knocked them out of the Rocky Mountain Baseball League Regional Tournament a year ago, the Boulder Collegians had plenty of motivation heading into their first 2014 tournament game against the Denver Black Bears.
And with revenge on their minds, the No. 6-seeded Collegians turned the ball over to Austin Robinson to get the job done against the third-seeded Bears. The hurler from Savannah State College did not disappoint, going the distance nearly unscathed and earning a complete-game 6-1 win the tournament’s first round of double-elimination play.
“Austin gave us a great performance kept us in the ballgame the whole time,” Collegians head coach Mark Laschansky said. “He dominated a little bit and gave us a great effort. And our hitters have a tendency to relax when they aren’t pressed to score runs.”
While the Collegians got to Bears’ starter Paul Lujan to run up a comfortable lead by the middle of the contest, Robinson put batter after batter to rest. Save for a solo homer surrendered in the seventh, the starter saved his team from ever worrying about their opponents’ bats, ultimately allowing six hits and one walk while striking out seven.
The Collegians saw a full team effort at the dish, as eight of its nine men in the lineup registered a hit, tallying 13 overall. Tyler Sutherland was a perfect 2 for 2 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored, while Drew Rosbottom went 3 for 4 with a run. Spencer Ibarra and Chris McCoy both had two hits, the former knocking in a run and scoring while the latter also crossed the plate once.
The Collegians will once again have an opportunity to make up for past results when they take on the second-seeded Colorado Sox Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Long Lake Ranch. The Sox are 3-0 against Boulder this year and are the only team in the RMBL the Collegians have not yet beaten. Boulder High grad and current Trinity University pitcher Kevin Flores will get the nod in that contest.
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Boulder Collegians 6, Denver Black Bears 1
At Long Lake Ranch Complex
Collegians 003 111 0 — 6 13 0
Black Bears 000 000 1 — 1 6 0
W — Robinson. L — Lujan.
Collegians hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Kruzel 5-1-1-0, Sutherland 2-2-2-1, Ibarra 3-1-2-1, Rosbottom 4-0-3-1, Maltese 4-1-1-0, Graff 4-0-1-2, Schiemann 3-0-1-0, Powell 4-0-0-0, McCoy 3-1-2-0. Totals 32-6-13-5. 2B — Sutherland Ibarra, Maltese, Graff, McCoy. SB — McCoy.
Black Bears hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Clay 4-0-1-0, Morley 3-0-0-0, Weber 3-0-2-0, Lujan 2-0-0-0, Krane 3-0-0-0, Johnson 3-1-1-1, Thurston 3-0-1-0, Rickardi 1-0-0-0, Jones 1-0-1-0, Dimick 1-0-0-0, Thurston 3-0-0-0. Totals 27-1-6-1. 2B — Weber. HR — Johnson.
Collegians pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Robinson 7-6-1-1-1-7.