Briefs: Sports Mesa State Roundup March 01, 2009
• Mesa State’ Chase Walker and Rhett Breed qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships by placing third in the RMAC/West Regional Championships on Saturday in Kearney, Neb.
The Mavericks placed seventh in the tournament with 54.5 points. Western State snapped Nebraska-Kearney’s seventh consecutive RMAC title run with three champions and eight national qualifiers. Adams State took second (114) and Kearney was third (104).
Walker (29-5) was upset in the 157-pound quarterfinals, but came back to win four matches in the consolation bracket. The junior from Morgan, Utah, defeated Nick Sanchez of New Mexico Highlands 9-3 for third place.
Breed (17-9) lost in the 133-pound quarterfinals, then came back and won three matches in the consolation bracket. The freshman from Durango upset No. 2 seed Joey Morrison of Kearney 9-5 in the third-place match.
Mesa State junior Cole Johnson, who qualified last year, placed fifth at 165 pounds and didn’t get a wrestleback match. Freshman heavyweight Trevor Stapp reached the semifinals, but finished sixth.
• Metro State College turned some heads last weekend when the Roadrunners went 5-1 in the RMAC-Northern Sun Crossover softball tournament.
Metro continued its hot start Saturday when the RMAC season began, sweeping Mesa State in two run-rule games to open conference play.
The Roadrunners (7-1, 2-0) won the first game 14-3 in five innings and took the second game 16-8.
In the first game, Metro State jumped on Jessica Rayman for five runs in the first inning and didn’t let up, routing the Mavericks 14-3 in five innings.
The Mavericks scored twice in the first inning on Lauren Cross’ fifth home run in as many games, a two-run shot to center to score Jamie Prather, who hit a one-out double, but couldn’t keep up with the Roadrunners’ 13-hit attack.
The game marked the return of shortstop Katie Mitchell, who missed the opening weekend with an elbow injury. Cross, who started in her place, took over as the Mavs’ designated hitter and went 2 for 3, as did Prather. Kristen Silva went 2 for 2.
Mitchell homered in the second game, along with Sara Jordan and Ashlee Duffy, who hit two out of the park. Duffy went 2 for 3, scored twice and drove in four runs.
Jordan took the loss, lasting 2 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs, six earned, on 10 hits. She struck out two. Gabi Parra came on in relief, allowing seven runs on six hits, walking three and striking out one.
Metro State scored 16 runs on 16 hits.
The teams play again today, starting at 11 a.m.
TRACK & FIELD
• Andrea Ager placed eighth in the 800-meter in 2:22.42 and the Mavericks 1,600 relay took eighth in 4:14.34 to lead Mesa State to a 10th place finish in the RMAC Indoor Championships.
Adams State won the men’s and women’s team titles.
The women won their eighth consecutive championship with 161 points while the men won for the fifth time in six years with 214.5 points. Western State was second in both team races.
The women’s team won an important regional dual, defeating Winona State (Minn.) University 8-1 while the men defeated Colorado College 5-4 in duals at Monaco Club in Denver.
The Mesa women (6-1) swept the three doubles matches and won five of the six singles matches. The one match the Mavs lost was decided in a 10-point tiebreaker.
The Mesa men (7-0) won two of the three doubles matches and three of the singles matches. Niko Carrizo’s 4-6, 6-0, (10-2) victory at No. 5 singles clinched the team win.