Colorado Mesa softball team opens season with 2 wins

One nail-biter and one run-rule game gave the Colorado Mesa softball team a 2-0 start to the season Friday in the RMAC-Northern Sun Crossover in Pueblo.

The Mavericks held on to beat No. 13 Minnesota State 3-2 in their first game, then clobbered Black Hills State 14-6, scoring seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to end the game on the run rule.

In the first game, the Mavs led 1-0 on a first-inning RBI double by Lauren Cross, but Ashley Pulido gave up a two-run home run in the fifth inning.

Mesa, though, reclaimed with lead in the top of the sixth on three hits and an error.

Courtney Maihi pitched two scoreless innings for the save.

In the second game, the Mavericks scored in every inning and had a dozen hits, including three home runs.

Danni Vallie went 3 for 4, scored three times and drove in five runs and Cross, hitting behind Vallie, drove in two more, as did Shannon McClenahan. Vallie, Cross and Mackenzy Derrick each hit home runs for Mesa.

Catherine Floyd picked up the win, scattering eight hits in four innings and allowing six runs.

The Mavericks trailed 6-5 entering the fourth inning but Pille led off the inning with a walk and eventually scored on an error. With one out and runners at first and third, the Mavericks pulled off a double steal, with Taylor Gross stealing second and McClenahan stealing home for a 7-6 lead.

That seemed to ignite the Mavericks, who scored seven runs on four hits in the fifth, including a grand slam by Vallie.


Alejandro Hernandez, Kelly Hogan and Jaclyn McMillen all placed second in their respective events on the third day of the RMAC championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Hernandez was second in the men’s 400-yard individual medley, bettering the RMAC record but couldn’t catch Grand Canyon’s Brian Morrison, who touched home in 3 minutes, 55.31 seconds. Hernandez came in at 3:59.53. The RMAC record was 4:01.38.

Hogan was second in the women’s 200 freestyle in 1:52.04, which also was better than the previous RMAC record (1:52.80), but was edged out by Grand Canyons Catherine Polito (1:51.95).

Jaclyn McMillen tied the RMAC record she set last year in the 100 backstroke (57.29), finishing second to Grand Canyon’s Stacey Wymer (56.36).

Brooke Lera finished third and Amanda Jennings fourth in the women’s 1-meter diving, the women’s 800 free relay team was second, Briana Purkapile was third in the 400 IM and Katie Thompson third in the 100 breaststroke.

The women are third behind Grand Canyon and Incarnate Word with 475 points and the men are fourth with 377.5 points. Incarnate Word leads Grand Canyon by 55 points entering the meet’s final day.


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