Mavs split in softball, drop to third in RMAC
Colorado Mesa’s softball team remained in position to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season title with a doubleheader split Saturday in Spearfish, S.D., but dropped one spot in the standings.
The Mavericks rolled to a 10-0 victory over Black Hills State, but lost 4-3 to Chadron State on a walk-off base hit in the Eagles’ final at-bat.
Colorado Mesa (24-18, 23-11 RMAC) is third in the conference standings with one four-game series left. The Mavericks host Colorado Christian (18-23, 14-16) in doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at Bergman Field.
Metro State (25-11, 19-8) is first and Colorado-Colorado Springs (25-13, 21-10) is percentage points ahead of Mesa in second.
Chadron’s Rebecca Wetsch singled to left-center with one out to score the winning run and end CMU’s seven-game winning streak.
Jessica Severinsen allowed the game-winning run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Ashley Pulido allowed three runs on three hits and struck out four in three innings.
The Eagles took a 3-0 lead against Pulido in the third. With two outs, Wetsch reached on an error, allowing Sarah Knudsen to score. Katie Londo followed with a two-run single.
Mesa came back with three runs in the fifth. Makayla Kovac hit a two-run triple and scored on Severinsen’s sacrifice fly.
The Mavericks had runners on the corners in the seventh, but Severinsen flew out to right.
Severinsen, Kovac and Sarah Phillis each hit home runs to lead the Mavericks to a 10-0 victory over Black Hills State.
Phillis hit a grand slam in the first inning. Severinsen hit a two-run shot in the second, and Kovac had a three-run blast in the fifth. Tawnee Woosley singled home a run in the second.
Severinsen (13-10) limited the Yellow Jackets to two hits and struck out six.
Seven players scored one goal to lead Colorado Mesa to a 7-5 victory over Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
The Mavericks (7-2) scored five consecutive goals, stretching from late in the first quarter to early in the fourth quarter to open a four-goal lead, and held on for the victory.
Mesa’s Michael Beimford had one goal and one assist.
Stephen Dunn scored his team-leading 16th goal on Beimford’s assist for a 1-0 lead. Mitch Flaherty put Mesa up 3-2 early in the third quarter, then Shane O’Neil scored with a man down because of a penalty for a 4-2 lead. Mesa outscored the Tigers 3-0 in the third.
Track & Field
Bacall Sterling placed eighth in the triple jump against some Division I competition at the Mt. Sac Relays in Sacramento, Calif.
The Colorado Mesa sophomore jumped 39 feet, 11 inches to improve on her NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark.
Whitney Rowe placed 34th in the 100 meters (11.92 seconds) and 43rd in the 200 (24.52). Both are provisional times. Cathryn Ambler Frame had a provisional time of 55.96 in the 400 meters.