Jordan’s payback helps Mavs split with UCCS

Sara Jordan made three mistakes on pitches in the first game of Mesa State College’s doubleheader split Sunday with the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

All three were hit out of the park at Bergman Field.

In the second game, Jordan jumped on a mistake by UCCS pitcher Shelby Ballard and hit it out of the park.

A little retribution is a beautiful thing.

“I kind of made up for the first game,” Jordan said after the Mavericks lost the first game 7-5 but came back to win the second 6-5 on her two-run home run.

“It felt good to be on the other side of the picture.”

Jordan left a pair of screwballs over the plate on back-to-back hitters in the fifth inning of the opener.

Jessika Anastos, the leading home-run hitter in the RMAC, hit her 12th home run of the season to left field. The next batter, UCCS pitcher Sarah McCauley, hit another screwball over the left-field fence, and drove another screwball to the same spot in the seventh to seal the
victory.

“It was three screwballs that were just flat and I should have made it move more,” Jordan said.

“It’s something I have to work on and get through. It’s a battle within myself and it’s been like that for the last week.”

The home runs wiped out a good start by the Mavs (5-7, 1-5 RMAC), who scored three runs in the first inning and had a 5-3 lead going into the fifth.

Then came those mistake pitches, and the Mavericks couldn’t manufacture any more runs, leaving four runners stranded over the final four innings.

“As hitters, when you see a mistake, don’t let it go by, because you night not get another mistake for a couple more at-bats,” Mesa State coach Kris Mort said. “Their hitters did a good job capitalizing on mistakes.”

The Mountain Lions (6-8, 3-3) led 4-0 in the second game against Jessica Rayman before the Mavericks rallied in the fourth by putting the ball in play and making the Mountain Lions make mistakes.

“You have to put the ball in play and that’ll make things happen,” Jordan said. “You can’t stand in the box and look at it. You have to at least swing and go down swinging.”

Gabi Parra doubled and scored on a double by Lauren Cross. Jordan singled home Cross as the Mavs scored four runs in the fifth to take the lead.

Jamie Prather led off the inning with an infield single and Parra hit her second double of the game to the right-field corner. Cross grounded out, scoring Prather. Ashlee Duffy reached on an error, sending Parra to third, and Duffy stole second.

The throw was off line, allowing Parra to score. With two out, Jordan got a pitch over the heart of the plate and drove it to straight-away center to give the Mavs a 6-5 lead.

Parra threw the final three innings to pick up her first win in a Mesa State uniform.

“It was a good win for us to come back.” Mort said. “We’re learning to fight right now. We’ve got to learn that fight, right the ship and set your sails. You’ve got to get it going in the right direction, you can’t just sit around and sail through.”


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