Jordan pitches well again as Mavs manage split with CSU-Pueblo
It’s been a case this season that when Sara Jordan is on top of her game pitching, the Mesa State College softball team hasn’t been able to produce runs.
Friday at Bergman Field, Jordan was definitely pitching well, and again, the Mavericks weren’t producing runs. Two, however, were enough for Jordan in a 2-1 victory over CSU-Pueblo, ranked seventh in the Division II Central Region rankings this week.
The Mavericks’ Cierra Lard couldn’t get out of the second inning in the second game, and three errors led to CSU-Pueblo’s 9-4 win in the RMAC split.
In the first game, Gabi Parra hit a home run in the fourth inning, and after the ThunderWolves (15-9, 11-7 RMAC) tied it on an RBI single by Kelly Purcell in the fifth, freshman Lisa Pille homered in the bottom of the fifth for the winning run.
Jordan stranded two runners in the sixth and retired the side in order in the seventh to pick up her third win of the season.
She scattered five hits, walked one and struck out one. Ten ground-ball outs and nine routine fly balls made it a relatively easy day for the defense. The Mavs made two errors, but made up for them quickly with solid defensive plays.
A ball squirted out of Whitney Bailey’s glove at third base in the fifth inning, but with one out and a run in, CSU-Pueblo’s Annalyse Garcia popped out to Katie Mitchell at short, who caught the runner off second base for a double play.
After Pille tied the game with her second home run of the season, Bo Nuanez reached on an error by Mitchell, but was erased on a fielder’s choice, then Justine Bosio tried to advance to third on a grounder to short, but Mitchell scooped up the ball and in one motion tagged Bosio crossing in front of her for the second out.
Mesa State struck out only one time against Bosio, the ThunderWolves’ top pitcher, who fell to 11-3.
In the second game, however, errors came back to bite the Mavericks (9-11, 7-11 RMAC).
Lard walked the first batter she faced and hit the second, and with one out, Bosio lined a base hit to left. It caromed off Dani Vallie and two runs scored, and Bosio came around to score on a two-out single by Carlie Lucas.
Purcell singled with two out and stole second as Lard stood in the circle with the ball, her back to the runner. A throwing error by Mitchell allowed Purcell to score and Nuanez hit a home run to left, ending Lard’s day down 6-0.
Wailana Borrero got the Mavs out of the inning, but ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing three runs on four straight hits.
Mesa State came up with three runs in the third inning, with Parra hitting a two-run double up the middle and scoring on Megan Smith’s double to the gap in left-center. They got another run home in the sixth without benefit of a hit. Bailey reached on an error and pinch-runner Windi Serrano stole second and advanced to third on Pille’s groundout.
Vallie reached on an error at third, scoring the run, and Lita Romero reached on another error. Parra, though, grounded out to the pitcher, and the Mavericks managed only a two-out walk to Smith in the seventh.
The teams play another doubleheader today at Bergman, starting at 11 a.m. with the Swing for Life game to raise money for breast cancer research.
The Mavericks will wear black and pink jerseys, which will be up for auction, along with several other items from the softball team and Swing for Life for sale. Mesa State has set a goal to raise $2,000 in the third annual event.