CMU gets sweep of Mustangs
Colorado Mesa’s softball team won a pair of one-run games in dramatic fashion Saturday, defeating Western New Mexico 8-7 and 3-2.
Locked in a 6-6 game in the top of the seventh inning of the opener in Silver City, N.M., Jessica Severinsen drew a one-out walk and Megan Smith singled for Mesa (17-10-1, 15-6-1 RMAC).
Ashley Pulido and Camille Brimhall came in to run, and Taylor Gross bunted them over a base. Megan Brown reached on an error, scoring Pulido, and Western New Mexico pitcher BreAnna Eaker threw a wild pitch, allowing Brimhall to score.
The Mustangs (13-22, 10-14) pushed across a run in the bottom of the inning on a passed ball. With the bases loaded, Samantha Munoz grounded to third, with Lisa Pille throwing out the runner at the plate for the second out. Severinsen (12-3) got Stephanie Higgins to fly out to right field to end the game.
In the second game, Mesa trailed 2-1 entering the sixth inning, but Severinsen hit a one-out double, and Smith’s base hit up the middle scored Brimhall, who ran for Severinsen.
With the bases loaded, Megan Brown, who ran for Smith, scored on Lindsay Drayer’s bunt single.
Western New Mexico’s No. 1 singles player, Rodrigo Almeida, rallied from a set down to defeat Colorado Mesa’s Jordan Lyden to clinch the 5-4 team victory and the RMAC regular-season title at Pueblo City Park. Almeida defeated Lyden 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Andres Garcia-Rojas, Brason Hollabaugh and Andres Hernandez won singles matches for the Mavericks.
Colorado Mesa (14-12, 4-1 RMAC) defeated Colorado College 9-0 later in the day.
The Western New Mexico women rallied to win the final match in a 5-4 victory over the Mavericks.
Mesa won two of three doubles and had singles wins from Kristyn Wykert (No. 3) and Emily Dodson (No. 5).
The Mavericks (11-15, 3-2 RMAC) defeated Colorado College 8-1.
Allie Henderson scored four goals and had two assists for the Mavericks, who easily handled Adams State 17-7 in a Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association game at Walker Field.
Colorado Mesa (2-7, 2-3) led 9-5 at halftime and erupted in the second half, outscoring the Grizzlies 8-2.
Lexie Chavez scored three goals, and Ashley Eickhoff, Allison Stone and Kelsey Krebs each scored two.
Zoe Woodworth of Colorado Mesa is tied for fifth place after the first round of the ThunderWolf Ladies Spring Invitational at Pueblo Country Club. Woodworth shot 10-over-par 82.
Track and Field
The men’s 400 relay team of Jordan Riggins, Augustus Barnes, McCady Findley and Justin Wallace was second at the Tailwind Invitational at Albuquerque, N.M., in 42.91 seconds.
Barnes was third in the 400 meters in 48.77, and Shane Niksic seventh in the 800 meters in 1:53.89.
Whitney Rowe placed seventh in the 100 meters in 11.94.