Mavs’ bats go cold in loss to Colorado Christian
Colorado Mesa’s RMAC softball tournament run came to an end Saturday in Golden.
The Mavericks, seeded eighth, were eliminated in a 6-1 loss to Colorado Christian.
Colorado Mesa (26-22) will wait and hope it did enough to receive an NCAA Division II tournament bid. Teams will be announced Monday morning. The Mavericks were not ranked in the latest NCAA Central Region rankings.
Colorado Christian (32-27) downed Fort Lewis 4-3 to force a second title game, but the Skyhawks won that 7-4.
The Skyhawks (30-24) will receive an automatic NCAA Central Region bid.
Colorado Christian pitcher Mariah Bledsoe limited the Mavericks to one run on 11 hits for the victory. Mesa left 11 runners on base.
Mesa starting pitcher Ashley Pulido allowed six runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings. Courtney Maihi limited the Cougars to three hits and struck out four in 3 1/3 innings of relief.
Alexa Coffing drove home two runs on a triple in the second inning and scored on a single.
Jackie Sanzolone and Genevieve Reyna each hit RBI doubles in the third. Bledsoe added an RBI single for a 6-0 lead.
The Mavericks had an opportunity to cut into the lead in the fourth with the bases loaded and one out, but Bledsoe got a strikeout and a line drive.
Mesa scored one run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice, but left the bases loaded again in the seventh.
Megan Smith went 3 for 4. Taylor Gross, Lita Romero and Lisa Pille were each 2 for 4.
Romero and Maihi made the RMAC all-tournament team.
The Mavericks won their first Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association title in their second year of existence with an 8-6 victory over Adams State in Mesa’s season finale in Alamosa.
Dominican (Calif.) University (7-6, 6-2 WILA) tied Colorado Mesa (9-4, 6-2) for first place with a victory against rival Notre Dame deNamur on Saturday night, but the Mavericks have the tiebreaker and will receive the championship trophy.
Colorado Mesa rallied from an early 3-0 deficit and scored eight of the next nine goals into the fourth quarter for the win.
Josh Russell, Austin Pridham and Daniel Caddoo each scored two goals for the Mavericks. Russell and Pridham each had one assist.
Mesa goalie Zach Weaver had eight saves.
The Mavericks won 13 of 17 faceoffs.