Mavs aim to win title in softball
Colorado Mesa University’s softball team kept its RMAC regular-season title hopes alive.
The Mavericks, though, are also still hanging on for a tournament berth after splitting an RMAC doubleheader with Colorado School of Mines on Saturday in Golden. The teams play their final doubleheader of the regular season starting at 11 a.m. today.
Mesa (24-18, 22-16 RMAC) came back to win the second game 4-3, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. Mines (27-22, 24-14 RMAC) defeated Mesa 6-3 in the first game.
With the score tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning of the second game, Danni Vallie singled and Courtney Maihi and Megan Smith walked. Mines made a pitching change, but Kelly Unkrich hit Lisa Pille, forcing home a run before striking out the side.
Mesa pitcher Ashley Pulido (8-8) allowed two earned runs on 10 hits and struck out six.
The Mavericks took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning. Maihi hit a solo home run and Lita Romero and Jessica Albertson hit RBI singles.
Mines tied it in the sixth on a throwing error.
The Orediggers scored four runs in the fourth inning of the first game and held on for a 6-3 win.
Kamee Vessey hit a three-run home run. Molly Thiebaut added a RBI single.
The Colorado Mesa women’s team defeated Metro State 5-2 to take third place in the RMAC tournament in Denver.
The Mavericks (18-9) won two doubles matches and three singles matches for the victory.
Kelleen Sera won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Shannen McNamara won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 and Kaylee Davis clinched the victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4.
Kaitlan and Kelleen Sera won at No. 1 doubles and Kristyn Wykert and Skyler Nelson won at No. 3 doubles.
Western New Mexico defeated top-seeded Nebraska-Kearney 5-4 to win the team title. The Mustangs receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Central Region tournament.
CSU-Pueblo defeated the Mesa men 5-3 to take fifth place in the RMAC tournament.
The Mavericks (9-17), who were the sixth seed, took sixth place. They won two of the three doubles matches, but CSU-Pueblo won four of five singles matches to win the dual.
Mesa freshman Jordan Lyden won the only singles match, defeating CSU-Pueblo’s Alex Lesiuk 6-1, 6-2.
Track & Field
Colorado Mesa had four first-place finishes in the Western State Open in Gunnison.
Sierra Wiggins won the women’s javelin throw (122-feet, 5-inches), Katelyn Downing won the discus (120-8), Whitney Rowe won the 200-meter run (25.14) and Shane Niksic won the men’s 800 (1 minute, 58.77 seconds).
Rowe took second in the 100 (12.39) and Justin Wallace was sixth (11.30).
Mesa’s John Carlton placed third in the men’s javelin throw (126-8), third in the 400 (49.95) and sixth in the 800 (2:01.11). Randy Brown took fourth in the long jump (21-10.75) and Augustus Barnes placed fourth in the 200 (22.35).
Ariel Ambler took third place in the 800 (2:25.52) and Cathryn Ambler was fifth (2:27.34). Mayra Garcia placed fourth in the 5,000 (21:24.03) and Alisha Gregersen was fifth in the javelin throw (94-10). Cathryn Ambler was third in the 400 (59.33).
Niksic placed sixth in the 1,500 (4;09.51) and Shannon Emery was fourth (5:10.12).
Mesa’s Melissa Bauer finished four seconds behind Hannah Cooling in the 3,000 steeplechase.