Mavs’ bats wake up
Colorado Mesa salvages split with Christian
Colorado Mesa’s softball team turned on the switch to its offense and lit up the scoreboard Friday night to salvage a split.
The Mavericks scored 13 runs on 13 hits, including eight for extra bases in a 13-1 victory over Colorado Christian in the second game on Friday night at Bergman Field. The Cougars defeated Mesa 5-2 in the first game.
“Usually we’re a hitting team,” Mesa’s Megan Brown said. “I think we just had to wake up and hit the ball.”
It was Mesa’s first home night game this season.
The series was moved up one day because of the weather forecast for Grand Junction today and Sunday.
Colorado Mesa (25-19, 24-12 RMAC) is in fourth place in the RMAC standings.
The Mavericks can still win the RMAC regular season title and host the RMAC tournament next weekend but will likely need to sweep Colorado Christian (19-24, 15-17 RMAC) at noon today and get some help.
“I have no doubt we will win the games (today),” Brown said. “We’ll be ready to fight. I like to be optimistic.”
Colorado Christian pitcher Mariah Bledsoe (11-11) limited the Mavericks to six hits in the first game.
She gave up a two-run single to Brooke Ortale in the second inning then limited Mesa to four hits the rest of the way.
The Cougars took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on Ashley Behabetz’s two-run home run. They added two insurance runs in the seventh.
Central graduates and twin sisters Jessica Romine and Danielle Romine were 2 for 6 with two RBI in the victory.
Jessica Severinsen (11-10) allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, five walks and struck out four.
The Mavericks started hitting from the start in the second game and Brown started it.
The outfielder, who had two hits in the first game, led off the second game with a walk.
She scored on Makayla Kovac’s double. Severinsen followed with a two-run double, then scored on Sarah Phillis’ single.
Two batters later, Karissa Nickeson hit a two-run home run for a 6-0 lead.
Kovac hit a solo home run in the second for a 7-1 lead. She is on a team-best 20-game hit streak.
Mesa added five runs in the third on four hits. Mariah O’Dell drew a bases-loaded walk, Brown had a two-run double and Madelyn Schulz followed with a two-run double.
“Honestly, I went out there and said, ‘You’ve got to hit it,” Brown said. “You can’t do anything worse. The worst you can do is sit up there and watch the balls go by and get out.”
Brown added a run-scoring single in the fourth.
She was 2 for 3 with three RBI in the game and 4 for 5 with three runs and three RBI in the doubleheader.
“You can’t stop,” Brown said. “You’ve got to keep playing. The only way to make it better is to hit. The only way you win is by getting scores and you’ve got to keep hitting to do that.”
Ashley Pulido (9-5) limited the Cougars to one run on three hits and struck out three in the five-inning, run-rule game.