Clutch hits help Mavs win RMAC softball tourney opener
The delayed beginning wasn’t a problem.
Nearly four hours after its scheduled start, the Colorado Mesa softball team finally played its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament opener Friday in Lakewood and defeated Fort Lewis 9-2 at Lakewood Park.
The Mavericks (27-15-1) advanced to play the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs at 10 a.m. today at Lakewood Park.
“It was a good game overall,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said. “The girls came out and hit early. If we do that, we tend to do well. We stumbled on defense for a minute but came back and continued to hit. I’m happy how we played.”
The game, originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, began at 4:45 p.m. The games at Lakewood Park were delayed because of field conditions after a snowstorm on the Front Range earlier this week.
“We didn’t know what would happen with the weather, then the field conditions pushed the game back,” Abrams said. “We handled it well.”
Winning pitcher Jessica Severinsen (19-5) limited the Skyhawks to two runs on seven hits and struck out three in four innings. Ashley Pulido pitched three shutout innings.
Mesa broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the fourth inning. Nicole Robinson doubled to score Lisa Pille. Tawnee Woosley scored on a wild pitch, and Megan Smith singled home Robinson for a 5-2 lead.
The Mavs put the game out of reach with a four-run sixth. Severinsen singled home a run, then scored on Brooke Ortale’s sacrifice fly. Rachel Boothe hit a two-run home run.
Smith finished the game with three hits, and Abrams said of her catcher, “Megan does a good job behind the plate. That was probably the best I’ve seen her play. She hit the ball hard today.”