Mavericks split with Highlands

As the pitching goes, so goes the Colorado Mesa University baseball team.

The Mavericks (15-5, 10-3 RMAC) split a doubleheader Saturday with New Mexico Highlands, staying comfortably in first place in the Mountain Division standings ahead of Regis (8-9, 5-5).

Ryan Reno (2-0) scattered nine hits to pick up a 9-1 win in the first game for the Mavericks, striking out six and walking only two in the complete-game effort. He had a shutout until the seventh, when Tucker Young singled to right to score EJ Stanton, who led off the inning with a base hit and took second on a ground-out.

With Sergio Valenzuela and Austin Wallingford each going 3 for 4 at the top of the Mavericks’ lineup, Mesa had 14 hits, four for extra bases, in the first game. However, the Mavericks managed only five hits in the second game, a 10-1 loss.

Wallingford drove in three runs and scored three runs in the opener, including his second home run, a solo shot in the sixth inning.

The top of the lineup started things off quickly in Game 1, with Valenzuela hitting the fourth pitch of the game up the middle for a base hit. Wallingford took the second pitch he saw from the Cowboys’ Greg Hansen into left-center for a 1-0 lead. With one out and runners at the corners, Tony Audino reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Wallingford, and Nate Robertson and Jake Druce followed with back-to-back singles to score Audino.

In the second game, the Cowboys’ Cody Brown (3-0) kept Mesa off the bases, striking out three and walking only one.

Joey Danner (3-2) took the loss for Mesa, allowing six runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked one.

Highlands (13-11, 10-4), which leads CSU-Pueblo (10-10, 6-4) in the Plains Division, scored one run in the first, three in the third and put the game away with a six-run sixth inning, gathering 13 hits, five for extra bases.

Softball

Adams State ended CMU’s 10-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader in Alamosa. The Mavericks came back to take the second game 10-6.

Mesa scored two runs in the fourth inning of the opener and one in the fifth to tie the game 3-3. Makayla Kovac hit a solo home run, and Karissa Nickeson doubled home Jessica Severinsen in the fourth, and Severinsen singled home Tawnee Woosley in the fifth.

The Mavericks (13-9, 12-4) struck quickly in the second game, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Kovac hit a one-out triple to score Madelyn Schulz, and Severinsen followed with an RBI single to left. Severinsen came home on Nicole Robinson’s triple.

After the Grizzlies came back to tie the game in the fourth inning, Mesa scored seven consecutive runs over the final three innings. Sarah Phillis hit a two-run home run in the fifth.

Two more runs scored in the seventh on Megan Brown’s RBI triple and Kovac’s sacrifice fly.

Ashley Pulido (4-3) allowed six runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking three to win the nightcap.

Track & Field

Whitney Rowe and Cathryn Ambler won events for Colorado Mesa in the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder.

Rowe won the women’s 200-meter dash in 25.48 seconds, and Ambler won the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 17.45 seconds.

Cassandra Lard was fourth and Aimee Ledall fifth in the 100 meters, with Lard crossing in 12.95 seconds and Ledall in 13.18. Monica Reynolds placed third in the 100 hurdles in 17.62 seconds, Quincey Pedersen (5 feet, 3¼ inches) was fourth in the high jump, and Kendra Naibauer (126-4) was fourth in the discus.

In the men’s meet, Shane Niksic placed third in the 1,500 meters in 4:07.12, and Ryan Reasoner (13-1½) tied for third in the pole vault.


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