Briefs: Mesa State Roundup February 22, 2009
Hitting lifts Mesa State to two wins
The hitting came around Saturday for the Mesa State College softball team in a pair of victories in the RMAC-Northern Sun Crossover tournament in Colorado Springs.
Mesa State pounded out 26 hits in the two games, defeating the University of Mary (N.D.) 9-3 and Augustana (S.D.) College 12-4 to improve to 3-1.
“We had a good day,” Mesa State coach Kris Mort said. “We’ve talked a lot about expecting to win, and I really think we saw our two strongest opponents (Friday) in Duluth and Winona (going 1-1). We’ve talked about expecting to win out the rest of the tournament and we’re halfway there.”
Sara Jordan threw a complete game against Mary, allowing three runs on seven hits. She walked four and struck out five. Jessica Rayman started the second game, going three innings, allowing four runs on four hits, walking two.
Once Augustana started having success against Rayman, back came Jordan, who scattered five hits in the final three innings.
Dani Vallie went 4 for 8 on the day and scored five runs in the leadoff spot. The Mavericks got two home runs from Lauren Cross and one from Ashlee Duffy. Mesa State hit eight doubles in the two games, with Cross picking up two against Augustana. The Mavs’ shortstop went 5 for 6, scored four runs and drove in four.
“We’re working some things out in swings,” Mort said. “We saw decent pitching again today.
We’re coming around.”
Mesa State finished second in the first RMAC championship meet, scoring 799 points. Incarnate Word won the women’s title with 913 points. Colorado School of Mines was third with 460.
Jaclyn McMillen placed second in the 200-yard backstroke in 2 minutes, 8.02 seconds. Karoline Fry was seventh, Jordan McMillen eighth and Brittany Robinson 10th.
Denby Gardiner finished fifth in the 100 freestyle in 55.51 seconds, with Megan Takakura finishing seventh. Katie Wedel was second in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.61), with Laura Tully fourth and Lauren Brock sixth.
Andrea Casias was fourth, Jessica Cort fifth and Amber Haberman sixth in the 200 butterfly and Gina Panacci was the 1,650 freestyle runner-up in 18:23.74. Sarah Hagerstrom finished fourth in the race, Madoline Morris seventh and Fry eighth.
Mesa finished second in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:44.22.
Mesa State senior Deb Vigil took first place in the 800-meter run to lead Mesa State in the Colorado School of Mines Twilight Open on Friday in Golden.
Vigil won the race in 2:30.15 and teammate Jessica Smith was second in 2:31.39.
Brandy Deimling placed fourth in the 60-meter dash in 8.09 seconds and Stephanie Litsheim was sixth in 8.32. Litsheim was seventh in the 200 in 28.45.
Monique Keck finished sixth in the one mile in 6:02.77 and Andrea Ager placed eighth in the 400 in 1:03.42.