Steven Brault's 16 Strikeouts Helps Rangers Split Pair with Colorado Mines
Golden, Colo.: Junior southpaw Steven Brault threw a complete game shutout while striking out a career-best 16 batters in helping Regis to a 2-0 win and a split with Colorado Mines. Colorado Mines won the first game 6-5.
Regis (8-2, 3-1 RMAC) trailed in the first game 6-3 heading into the ninth when junior Willy Gustin, hit a two-run homerun with no outs to put the Rangers down just one run. The Rangers got pinch runner Jay Rollinson to third base with just one out. But Colorado Mines' (4-7, 1-3 RMAC) Nathan Olinger got pinch hitter Jesse Porras to ground into a 1-6-3 double play to end the game.
The Ranger bats were stymied in the series finale with just four hits, however, the left arm of Steven Brault is all they needed. Brault went the distance and picked up his second win of the season with the stellar performance.
Both teams entered the ninth scoreless when freshman Ty Overboe came to the plate in the Rangers half of the inning with two outs and the bases loaded. The catcher hit a ball to the left side that plated Gustin and senior Tony Piazza for what proved to be the game-winning runs.
Brault scattered six hits, while also going 1-for-4 at the plate.
The Rangers return home next weekend to host Colorado Mesa.