Mavericks’ bats come alive for softball DH split
Colorado Mesa’s offense broke loose to give the Mavericks softball team their sixth doubleheader split of the season.
Mesa (10-10, 8-8 RMAC) scored 14 runs on 20 hits to defeat the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 14-6 in the second game Saturday in Colorado Springs. UCCS (11-9, 9-7 RMAC) won the first game 3-1.
Courtney Maihi was 2 for 5 with a home run and four RBI and Taylor Gross was 2 for 5 with three RBI in the second game.
The Mavericks scored six runs in the third inning for a 6-1 lead. Lisa Pille had a two-run single and Lita Romero had a two-run double.
The Mountain Lions countered with four runs in the bottom of the third and one in the fourth to tie it 6-6.
Mesa answered with seven runs in the fifth. Gross had a two-run double, Maihi hit a three-run home run and Megan Smith had a solo home run.
Ashley Pulido (2-3) limited UCCS to one run on two hits in three innings for the win.
UCCS pitcher Jessica Belsterling kept Mesa’s bats quiet in the first game, giving up one run on four hits in a complete-game victory. She had six strikeouts.
Mesa’s only run scored on a Gross double in the seventh.
The teams play a doubleheader at 11 a.m. today.
Rollins (Fla.) College scored the final three goals of the game to defeat Colorado Mesa 9-7 in Winter Park, Fla.
The Tars (3-7) tied the game 7-7 when they scored despite being down one player because of a penalty. They added two more for the victory.
Josh Russell led the Mavericks (3-2) with two goals. Daniel Caddoo and Aaron Eggiman each had one goal and one assist.
Mesa goalie Brad Brandenburg had seven saves and Zach Weaver had four saves.
Swimming & Diving
Colorado Mesa’s Brock Martin and Jackie McMillen earned All-America honorable mention honors for the second time at the NCAA Division II national championships in Mansfield, Texas.
Martin placed ninth in the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 487.25 points. The sophomore from Evanston, Wyo., took seventh in the 1-meter diving on Thursday.
McMillen finished 11th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2 minutes, 2.39 seconds. The senior from Montrose was 14th in the 100 backstroke.
The top eight earn All-America honors. Ninth through 16th places receive honorable mention recognition.