Mavs hurt by miscues in losses to end season at RMAC tourney
The Colorado Mesa softball team committed nine errors in three games Saturday and was eliminated in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament in Golden, ending Mesa’s first season under coach Candace Abrams.
The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs took advantage of five Mesa errors in a 4-1 victory in the winners’ bracket semifinals.
“Errors are a terrible thing,” Abrams said. “That made it even worse not to capitalize on moments. We’re capable of taking care of the ball. This time of year, it’s the team that doesn’t make mistakes and capitalizes on other team’s mistakes goes further. It gave them an advantage.”
The Mountain Lions scored on a passed ball and a triple in the fifth for a three-run lead.
Mesa pitcher Ashley Pulido (2-3) gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits in four innings.
The Mavericks (28-17-1) bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Jessica Severinsen had a two-run double in the first inning and Makayla Kovac hit a run-scoring double in the fourth.
Cori Shreves (7-7) limited the ThunderWolves to three hits and stuck out seven.
“Cori threw a fantastic game against Pueblo,” Abrams said. “She threw a great game.”
Mesa was in a 1-1 deadlock against Adams State for six innings before giving up two runs in the seventh in a 3-1 loss.
The Grizzlies drew a two-out walk to start the rally, then Brittani Richins had a two-run single off Severinsen (19-6), who limited Adams to one earned run on six hits in seven innings.
“We kicked ourselves in the foot,” Abrams said. “We gave up a walk. That can’t happen. It was not a fun way to end the game.
“(Severinsen) probably threw one of her better games all year.”
Abrams was pleased with all three pitchers.
“I can’t complain about that,” she said. “I was happy with that all-around. What’s nice, I have all three of those girls coming back, plus two freshmen coming in.
“This team was capable of more.”