Mavericks earn 4-game sweep of CSU-Pueblo
There’s nothing sweeter than a sweep, just ask the Colorado Mesa University softball team, who found out Sunday afternoon.
The Mavericks swept another doubleheader against Colorado State-Pueblo on Sunday at Bergman Field, winning 3-0 and 9-6 to complete a four-game series sweep.
The reward? Frozen yogurt.
For many of the Mesa softball players, it’s their first experience of a sweep and they found out exactly what that means.
“I don’t think we’ve talked about it this year, but it’s a known fact if we sweep we get some kind of treat for the sweep,” sophomore pitcher Ashley Pulido said.
It’s the Mavericks’ first four-game series sweep since April 2009 when they swept Western New Mexico in Silver City, N.M.
“Anytime we get a four-game sweep, it’s worth dessert,” CMU coach Kris Mort said.
Pulido was a big reason the Mavs (6-2, 4-0 RMAC) completed the sweep.
She pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout in the first game then pitched the final 1 2/3 innings of the second game to pick up the save.
“Ashley was really good today,” Mort said. “Her curveball was really moving. She was getting a good corner on that out of the umpires. Even though they knew it was coming they couldn’t make the adjustments they needed to make to hit the curveball.
“I had her threw 99 percent curveballs.”
Pulido and the rest of the Mesa pitching staff struggled through the opening weekend, going 2-2 with a 6.44 ERA.
That prompted a video session in practice last week.
“We did some film of them this week and they were able to see the mistakes they were making on film,” Mort said. “Most times you can correct them verbally or tell them what they’re doing. For whatever reason, if we had not been throwing enough, I said let’s get the video camera out and videotape a workout. Coach (Cindy) Cohn was able to show them exactly what they were doing. All three of them were able to see what they were doing and make some corrections.”
The video made a big difference for Pulido.
“I had a lot of corrections I needed to make to my curveball,” Pulido said. “I knew I needed to make the corrections and I knew what corrections I needed to make, but seeing it on film helped me a lot and also Coach Cohn helped me.”
Pulido got all the offense she needed in the first game from a Lisa Pille bunt single that scored Courtney Maihi in the fourth. Danni Vallie and Lauren Cross each drove home a run in the fifth.
“It was really nice because the fielders had my back like crazy,” Pulido said. “It’s nice to have the backup. It motivates you to pitch well.”
Mesa built a 5-1 lead in the first inning of the second game from a three-run triple by Maihi and a two-run home run by Megan Smith.
Mesa scored four runs in the fourth for a 9-3 lead. Cross had a two-run double and Smith and Lita Romero had RBI singles.
The ThunderWolves (2-6, 0-4 RMAC) hung in there with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth before Pulido came in relief of Maihi to close the door.