Briefs: Mesa State Roundup April 19, 2009

SOFTBALL

• Mavs back in RMAC contention

Mesa State College, teetering on the brink of being left out of the RMAC softball tournament only two weeks ago, has played its way back into contention.

The Mavericks swept a doubleheader Saturday at Western New Mexico, going back to their old ways of slamming the ball all over the field.

Mesa State (19-15, 15-13 RMAC) hit six home runs in the doubleheader. Sara Jordan and Kris Silva hit two each and Katie Mitchell and Ashlee Duffy each hit one to beat the Mustangs 8-3 and 11-6.

Gabi Parra went 4 for 4 in the second game and Prather ended up with three doubles on the day.

Jordan picked up the win in the first game and Jessica Rayman won the second with relief help from Jordan, who had nine strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter in the two games.

The Mavericks had 10 hits in the first game and 16 in the second.

After sweeping New Mexico Highlands last week, Mesa State jumped from No. 9 to No. 6 in the conference, and in the process moved into the Central Regional rankings at No. 10.

The Mavericks have won six games in a row and 12 of their past 16. Along the way, though, they had six straight games canceled because of weather.

GOLF

• Sadie Peavler-Farnsworth shot a first-round 80 and is tied for fifth place in the RMAC Championships at Sundance Golf Club in Buckeye, Ariz.

The Mavericks are tied for fourth place with Montana State-Billings at 345 heading into today’s final round.

Upper Iowa University leads the team race with a 318, followed by Western New Mexico (325) and Fort Hays State (332).


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