Colorado State baseball stays red hot against Colorado School of Mines

Tyler Meguire

Colorado State baseball knocked Colorado School of Mines out of the park in a seven-inning game on Tuesday, winning 7-3.

This matchup was a makeup game from the series March 10 which was cancelled due to weather. CSU won the two games they were able to play in March and were hungry to sweep Mines in the three-game series.

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Starting pitcher Blake Buhrer was hopeful to have a good outing to make up for some shaky performances.

“I felt great [before the game],” Buhrer said. “The last starts were a little shaky but tonight I had my stuff.”

Buhrer started the game off strong with two quick strikeouts on a total of eight pitches giving him confidence for the rest of the game.

“I knew I could locate my fastball tonight,” Buhrer said. “I utilized all my pitches well tonight.”

The Ram’s offense started the ball game slowly, scoring their first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Brandon DeLay scored Jared Van Vark with a ground ball hit to short stop.

Buhrer let in a run in the top of the fourth and two in the top of the fifth. CSU responded with a one-out, three RBI triple by DeLay.

“I just wanted to hit the ball hard,” DeLay said. “There were less than two outs, so I wanted to put something in the air and deep. It was pretty sweet [to hit the triple]. It was a pretty crucial time in the game to get a big hit and get those runs.”

Mines was quick to make a pitching change after the triple. That did not help them as DeLay scored on a wild pitch.

Buhrer finished the game after six innings. He had seven strikeouts, gave up three walks and allowed one run on five hits.

DeLay finished the game going 1-4 with one hit and three RBIs.

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“I’m feeling a lot more confident at the plate than I was over spring break in Arizona,” DeLay said. “The good pitching down there kind of put me in my place. I came back here seeing the pitches with confidence and hitting the ball well. I feel good up there.”

Coach Troy Tolar was very happy to get another impressive win — now the Rams’ fifth-straight victory.

“It is what we expect and what we have to do,” Tolar said. “We talked about it before the game, sometimes it’s hard when you know you have already beat a team twice … to not get complacent with it. We still have to show up and be the hardest working team every day.”

The Rams’ team chemistry has improved since the start of the season and it shows on the field.

“We always see [the team chemistry get better] when we go to that Arizona trip,” Tolar said. “It is really a time for the team to grow together. This team has done a good job of having good chemistry and coming together.”

CSU will not return to City Park Field for a couple of weeks. The Rams take on Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction April 6 and April 7. Then they battle the rival University of Colorado in Boulder on April 13 and April 14.

Tyler Meguire can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @TMeguire.