Mavs wrap up RMAC baseball title

The Colorado Mesa University baseball team clinched the RMAC regular-season title Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Colorado Christian, 28-8 and 9-4, at Runyon Field in Pueblo.

“That’s one goal down,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “It’s a credit to our players and our coaches. We’re proud of our guys, but we have some bigger goals we want to attack. We have a good Regis club coming in (next weekend). We’ll put the next foot forward.

“The guys have played tough. This is the earliest we’ve ever clinched it.”

The fourth-ranked Mavericks (34-6, 28-2 RMAC), who have eight games left in the regular season, are on a nine-game winning streak and have won every RMAC series this season. The Mavs have swept six of the eight RMAC series.

Colorado Mesa didn’t waste any time against the Cougars, scoring seven runs in its first at-bat of the first game. The Mavs had four innings where they scored at least five runs.

Colton Little was 4 for 6 with three doubles and six RBI. Austin Kaiser was 3 for 7 with five RBI and Erik Kozel was 3 for 4 with three RBI. Mitch Corwin, Jake Kluge and Kevin Mitchell each had two hits and two RBI. Mesa had 24 hits in the game.

Joey Danner (7-1) went five innings for the victory. He allowed one run on eight hits.

Kyle Davis (6-0) limited the Cougars to four runs (two earned) on seven hits in four innings for the victory in the seven-inning second game.

Softball

After managing only two base hits in a 9-1 loss in the first game of a doubleheader at Adams State, the Mavericks’ bats perked up in the second to salvage a split with an 8-5 victory.

Megan Smith hit a three-run home run in the first inning, Mikayla Kovac added a three-run shot in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth as part of Colorado Mesa’s 12-hit attack in the second game.

After Smith’s home run, the Grizzlies scored four runs in the bottom of the second against Cori Shreves. Ashley Pulido threw the final five innings for the Mavs (22-13-1, 20-9-1 RMAC), allowing one run on two hits. She struck out five to pick up her first victory of the season.

The only run she allowed game in the third inning on a groundout with runners at second and third, but Kovac’s home run to center in the fourth erased the Grizzlies’ 5-3 lead.

Up 6-5, Kovac added another home run to center in the sixth and Megan Brown’s ground-rule double in the seventh scored Rachel Boothe with an insurance run.

In the first game, the Grizzlies managed seven hits off Jessica Severinsen (16-5), who gave up seven runs, walking three and striking out two.

Shreves allowed two more runs to cross in the bottom of the fifth, giving Adams State a run-rule victory.

Colorado Mesa’s only run scored on an RBI single by Nicole Robinson in the fifth inning.

Track & Field

Colorado Mesa All-American Alexis Skarda won her first race back from leg injuries in the Western State Colorado University Invitational in Gunnison.

The senior took first place in the 5,000-meter run in 18 minutes, 41.76 seconds, winning the race by 25 seconds.

Cathryn Ambler took first place in the 800 (2:21.42) and Randy Brown won the decathlon with 6,222 points. He took first in the 1,500, shot put, discus and javelin throws.

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