CMU continues 10-game tear with win

Colorado Mesa is playing its best softball of the season right now.

The Mavericks swept New Mexico Highlands 9-1 and 12-8 in another doubleheader on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, N.M. Mesa (12-8, 11-3 RMAC) is on a 10-game winning streak and in first place in the RMAC with a key series next weekend at second-place Adams State (12-11, 10-3 RMAC).

“We’re hitting extremely well right now,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said. “We’re playing solid defense behind phenomenal pitching too.

“Everyone is playing well. There is no lull in our lineup.”

Makayla Kovac, in particular, is hitting the ball well. The sophomore was 7 for 9 with two home runs and six RBI in the doubleheader sweep. She was 9 for 15 (.600) with seven RBI in the series.

“I think the ball is very big for her right now,” Abrams said of Kovac. “Plus, she’s got great hitters around her.”

Kovac doubled home a run and scored to get the Mavericks started in the first game Sunday. Those two runs were enough for Jessica Severinsen (7-4), who limited the Cowboys to one run on three hits and struck out four in the five-inning, run-rule game.

“They had a couple lucky hits off Jess, but we still kept them off balance,” Abrams said.

Severinsen helped herself out as well with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and a two-run home run in the second. Brooke Ortale had an RBI double in the second inning as well.

Kovac went off in the second game, going 4 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI, but did most of the damage when Mesa needed her most.

She hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to tie the game 6-6 then had a three-run shot in the seventh. Nicole Robinson added a two-run triple for insurance.

Karissa Nickeson had a two-run home run in the fourth and Severinsen hit solo home run in the sixth.

Ashley Pulido (3-3) picked up the win in relief of Jo Bolyard.

Pulido allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out six in four innings.


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