Mesa SB opens home schedule by splitting DH
Colorado Mesa’s softball team refused to give up.
Metro State rallied from a 7-1 deficit to tie the Mavericks in the second game of a RMAC doubleheader Saturday, then took the lead, but the young Mesa softball team didn’t surrender.
Freshman Karissa Nickeson led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run to straight-away center field to tie the game, then freshman Sarah Phillis tripled and scored on Lindsay Drayer’s double to lift Mesa to a 10-9 victory.
“I was looking to extend the inning,” Drayer said. “That’s what Coach is talking about lately, especially when we’re behind. We want to rack up hits one after each other. It was inside with perfect speed. It was a perfect way to end the game.”
Colorado Mesa (2-6, 1-1 RMAC) split the home-opening doubleheader against Metro State. The Roadrunners (6-2, 1-1 RMAC) won the first game 12-6.
Metro State scored six runs in the fifth inning to tie the game 7-7, but the Mavs regained the lead 8-7 in the sixth on Makayla Kovac’s home run. The Roadrunners scored two runs in the top of the seventh when Mesa second baseman Nicole Robinson lost a pop up in the sun.
“They definitely kept battling,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said. “You have to put up a fight every game, because there’s no easy win in this conference.”
Ashley Pulido (1-2) picked up the victory. She allowed six earned runs on eight hits in six innings.
Metro State broke a 6-6 tie in the first game with three runs in the sixth aided by three walks and a couple of timely hits. The Roadrunners added three more insurance runs in the seventh.
Jessica Severinsen (0-3) allowed five earned runs on 10 hits and six walks in six innings for the loss. Three of those walks were in the sixth.
“Our pitchers were a little bit off,” Abrams said. “Their pitching struggled a little bit too. It was like who was going to give up the next error kind of thing.”
The Roadrunners took a 6-0 lead in the first game then watched the Mavericks rally with four runs in the bottom of the second inning and two in the fourth to tie it.
Madelyn Schulz and Kovac each drove in two runs in the second. Kovac hit a two-run home run in the fourth.
Kovac was 5 for 8 with two home runs and eight RBI in the doubleheader for the Mavericks.
Austin Wallingford hit his first collegiate home run and Nevin Wilson picked up his first collegiate victory to lead Colorado Mesa to a 2-0 victory over Division I Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Derrick Garcia singled in the fourth inning then Wallingford followed with a two-run home run with two outs. Garcia was 3 for 4 at the plate.
Nevin Wilson limited the Bears to three hits and struck out one in six innings for his first collegiate victory. Dakota Behr struck out two in 1 1/3 innings of relief for his third save.
Fort Lewis scored six of the first seven goals and ran away with a 14-7 victory over Colorado Mesa in each team’s season opener at Walker Field.
Ally Kvidera led the Skyhawks (1-0) with six goals. Abby Kvidera scored three and Brooke Wineland added two.
Haley Kroll led the Mavericks (0-1) with three goals.
Kady Herzog played the second half in goal and recorded five saves and a groundball pickup.
Fort Lewis led 11-3 at halftime. The Skyhawks had 25 shots and limited Mesa to 18.
Track & Field
Bacall Sterling posted an automatic qualifying score in the triple jump to lead the Mavericks in the Joe Davies Invitational in Golden.
The sophomore from Chandler, Ariz., jumped 40 feet, 4.25 inches.