Gilman tabbed Athlete of Week after shutout

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GOLDEN – Colorado School of Mines sophomore pitcher Ben Gilman has been named this week’s Mines Student-Athlete of the Week, athletic department officials announced Monday.

Gilman led the Orediggers to its first shutout of New Mexico Highlands in 16 seasons.

Gilman (4-2) scattered four hits over seven complete frames and struck out six NMHU batters over an efficient 72 pitches in the Orediggers’ 3-0 win on Saturday. He allowed just one runner past first base and limited the Cowboys to zero extra-base hits during the outing. 

The win was just the second shutout win over NMHU in program history, and the first since the squad posted a 7-0 win on March 29, 1997 — exactly 16 years to the date. 

The Computer Science major leads the Orediggers in wins (four), ERA (2.90), innings pitched (40.1) and strikeouts (37). 

Mines drops series finale

The Colorado School of Mines baseball team rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning, but could not overcome and 8-0 deficit in falling to New Mexico Highlands by a score of 8-4 in Saturday’s series finale at Brandt Field. 

The Orediggers (9-15, 6-10 RMAC) got a two-hit effort from sophomore Zach Bothwell with a pair of RBI coming on a two-run single through the left side in the four-run ninth. 

Classmate Shane Johnson scored a run on a 1-for-3 batting line, Charlie Basil finished 0-for-3 but knocked in his 12th run of the season on a sacrifice fly to right and Ryan Fraley took a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk in the ninth as well during the defeat. 

Sophomore Matt Brown took the loss on the mound after allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits over 5.1 innings. He walked one and struck out four batters over 93 pitches. 

Mines shines at home

Colorado School of Mines outdoor track and field team produced 14 top-two finishes, including five wins at the inaugural CSM Division II Front Range Invitational at the Stermole Track & Field Complex/Crouch Field Events Complex in Golden.

On its home turf for the first time Saturday, sophomores Ben Timmer and Austin Roup collected the first NCAA Provisional qualifying marks of the outdoor season for the Orediggers as Timmer won the pole vault competition with a career-best height of 15-4.50 (4.69 meters) and Roup took first in the hammer throw with a personal-record of 181-07 (55.35 meters), third-longest in Mines history,

Roup was also the top Oredigger in the discus, missing second by just two inches with a throw of 148-05 (45.23 meters).

Senior Cody Walega took third in the pole vault, clearing 14-4.75 (4.39 meters) on his first attempt at the height.

Also posting a win in the field disciplines was junior Kayla Johnson in the triple jump. Johnson was nearly two feet farther than her closest competitor, jumping 38-00.75 (11.60 meters), a personal-record and the No. 2 distance in program lore.

Orediggers rally for win

After falling on the road for the first time in yesterday’s opener against Fort Lewis the NFCA No. 12 Colorado School of Mines softball team rallied from a four-run deficit in the finale, completing the Saturday sweep at Aspen Field in Durango with an 11-8 victory.

The Skyhawks (7-18, 5-15 RMAC) jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a grand slam off the bat of Tehenia Telliano, but Mines (25-4-1, 16-2 RMAC) countered with a six-run third and three-run fourth and withstood a second four-run frame by FLC in the fifth, before plating two insurance scores in the seventh for the series win.

Junior Courtney Derus had her third straight multi-RBI and second multi-hit game of the series, driving in three and scoring twice on 2-for-4 hitting. Derus leads the Orediggers with 11 games of two or more RBI and sits in a tie for fourth in the RMAC with 32 on the season.