ERRORS ADDING UP
Mavericks' defense fails in DH loss
Colorado Mesa fell behind early Sunday and never recovered.
The Metro State softball team didn’t allow a Mesa rally, sweeping the Mavericks in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader at Bergman Field.
The Roadrunners won the first game 5-1 and the second game 14-6 to win the four-game series 3-1.
Colorado Mesa (2-8, 1-3 RMAC) gave up 19 runs and committed nine errors Sunday.
“It’s tough to win with errors,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said. “It’s tough when you give up 14 runs. This team is absolutely capable of scoring more than that, but the errors don’t help. We’ve got to balance it out on both ends. We can’t be one-sided.”
Jessica Severinsen gave up seven runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings in the two games. Four runs were unearned. Ashley Pulido allowed six runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings in the two games. The pitching staff allowed 10 walks and had five strikeouts in the doubleheader.
“Right now our pitchers have got to do a better job of getting ahead in the count and staying ahead,” Abrams said. “There are moments we show good stuff and are getting ground balls, but our defense isn’t staying with it. We’ve got to put all the pieces together. We’ve got to get back to basics at this point.”
The pitchers’ inability to get outs put Mesa behind 2-0 in the first game.
The leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a base hit in the first inning. Severinsen (0-4) walked a batter with the bases loaded in the second.
Metro State’s starting pitcher, Cassidy Smith, limited the Mavericks to one run on seven hits in a complete game. She issued one walk and struck out three batters.
“She did a great job of making an adjustment against us,” Abrams said. “Our hitters didn’t make adjustments against her. That’s the key to this game, making adjustments, timely hitting and good defense. We didn’t capitalize on the moments we could capitalize. We left a lot on base again. We stranded several on base in that department.”
The Mavericks scored their only run on a sacrifice fly by Megan Brown.
The Roadrunners jumped on Mesa pitching right away in the second game.
They scored three runs on six hits in the first inning then added three more runs on two hits and three walks in the second inning.
Metro scored three in the fourth with timely hits and took advantage of three errors in the fifth to score five runs, four of which were unearned.
Pulido (1-3) was pulled after the first inning and took the loss.
All of the Mavericks’ runs were scored on home runs.
Makayla Kovac hit a two-run shot over the scoreboard in the first. Severinsen had a three-run shot in the third and Brooke Ortale had a solo home run in the fourth.
Northern Colorado took an early lead and held on for a 5-3 victory to win the three-game series over Colorado Mesa at Jackson Field in Greeley.
The Bears (2-6) took advantage of an error in the first inning and scored three runs. They added one in the fifth and an insurance run in the seventh.
Mesa (5-2) scored one in the third, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Austin Kaiser was 3 for 4 for the Mavericks with an RBI single in the seventh. Garrett Carpenter was 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the third. Tony Audino knocked in a run on a groundout in the sixth.
Matt Allen made his first collegiate start for Mesa. The sophomore (1-1) allowed three earned runs on seven hits and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings.
Tyler Ehlers made his first appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery and faced one batter. Matt Delay pitched the final three innings.
The Mavericks begin RMAC play this weekend at Colorado Christian.