Mavericks fall at home to Mustangs
Colorado Mesa University’s softball team was so close to wrapping up its second RMAC series sweep of the season Saturday at Bergman Field.
The top-hitting team in the conference, though, couldn’t outhit the fifth-best hitting team and lost the fourth game of the series against Western New Mexico 15-10. The Mavericks won the first game 9-1 in six innings.
The Mavericks (22-14, 20-12 RMAC), hitting an RMAC-best .355 entering Saturday’s doubleheader, had 13 hits in the second game, but one big inning was too much to overcome.
Western New Mexico (14-31, 9-23), hitting .337 as a team, scored seven runs on seven hits, including a grand slam, in the fifth inning to break the game open after Mesa had cut the lead to one.
Down 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth, Taylor Gross hit a home run to center, but the Mustangs put two runners on with one out against Ashley Pulido, and Courtney Maihi came in from the bullpen.
A bunt loaded the bases, the first of four singles in five at-bats, scoring three runs and loading the bases for Kaitlynn Barnes. She then hit a grand slam to center to extend the Mustangs’ lead to 13-5. Mesa picked up one run in the bottom of the inning to avoid the run rule, but Western New Mexico added two in the sixth.
An RBI double by Danni Vallie, a two-run single by Maihi and a base hit by Shannon McClenahan cut the lead to 15-10 but the Mavericks managed only one base runner in the seventh.
In the opener, Lisa Pille hit a pair of two-run home runs, in the first and third innings, to help the Mavericks build a 5-0 lead.
After Maihi allowed one run in the fifth, she ended the game in the sixth. McClenahan doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Gross, Jessica Albertson singled and Vallie walked.
Maihi followed with her 10th home run of the season, a shot to center field, to end the game on the run rule.
Pille went 3 for 3 and drove in four runs for the Mavericks, who had a dozen hits. Maihi had two hits and three RBI and improved her pitching record to 13-6 by scattering four hits, walking four and striking out four.
The CMU women’s team won every match in straight sets in a 9-0 victory over CSU-Pueblo, dropping only a dozen games in six singles matches and only three games in doubles.
Kelleen Sera (No. 1) and Kristyn Wykert (No. 6) won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0, and Kelleen and Kaitlan Sera won their No. 1 doubles match 8-0.
The Mesa men won four of the six singles matches to defeat Augustana (S.D.) College 5-4.
John Hendrickson’s 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory at No. 5 singles clinched the victory for the Mavericks (8-11).
Brason Hollabaugh (No. 1), Jordan Lyden (No. 2) and Andres Hernandez (No. 3) won singles matches. Lyden and Hernandez won at No. 1 doubles.