Home runs lead Mavs to sweep
In the first inning, Jessica Severinsen walked out of the batter’s box.
Didn’t run. Didn’t jog. She didn’t even trot until she was three or four steps down the first-base line.
She knew her center field bomb was gone off the bat.
In the third inning, Severinsen took a stride before trotting, this time casually watching her first-pitch fastball turned home run drift over the fence in left-center field.
“I just like to be relaxed and hit the ball as hard as I can, wherever it goes,” Severinsen said.
The Chadron State and Colorado Mesa University softball teams both had five hits during Game 2 of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader at Bergman Field on Saturday afternoon, but power hitting lifted the Mavericks to a 6-0 victory.
After winning the first contest 8-1, the Mavericks (24-15, 22-11-1) were looking to peak during their final series of the regular season.
After what Severinsen called “the worst week we’ve probably had so far,” in a 1-3 series loss to Adams State, the Mavericks found booming bats and consistent pitching.
Taylor Gross hit a home run and doubled in Game 1, and Severinsen improved her pitching record to 17-5 and struck out seven over seven innings. Severinsen also went 2 for 4 at the plate and scored twice in the opener.
“We’re going to give people a run for their money,” she said. “We’re going to keep our minds right and just mentally and physically stay on this level.”
During Game 2, Ashley Pulido pitched five shutout innings, allowing three hits and zero walks.
Makayla Kovac had the first RBI of the second game when her triple fell between two outfielders and scored Gross.
Coach Candace Abrams said CMU rebounded from a tough week by finding what has been its bread and butter: elevating the ball.
“We’re moving in the right direction and taking steps to stay there,” Abrams said. “We need to keep sharp this week and focus on our strengths. When we hit the ball, we’re deadly. When we hit the ball in the air, we’re particularly deadly.
“I’m confident in our pitching and in our defense. We just need to make sure the bats stay hot. When we score runs, we’re hard to beat.
“Today was one of the lower hitting games we’ve had compared to the amount of runs we scored, but that’s our girls. They hit the ball in the air.”
The Mavericks close the regular season with a doubleheader against Chadron State (14-22, 12-17) today at 11 a.m. The RMAC playoffs begin May 2.