Mesa softball team rides hot bats to sweep of Black Hills

The sun was shining, and unlike last weekend when they played in the snow, their hands didn’t sting when they hit the ball.

So, the Colorado Mesa University softball team hit. And hit. And then hit some more Saturday in its home opener, a 10-0, 11-3 sweep of Black Hills State at Bergman Field.

“Those are fun innings to be a part of and to coach,” first-year coach Candace Abrams said after the Mavericks erupted for a 10-run third inning in the second game. “I just stand back and watch.

“Our bats have yet to really catch on fire. That’s not even a tip of what we are capable of doing at the plate.”

Freshman shortstop Mikayla Kovac hit the third and fourth home runs of her career, driving in eight runs in the home opener.

“At practice all we do is (hit) gap to gap, let it fly,” Kovac said.

She hit a three-run home run in the first game in the Mavericks’ five-run fourth inning, then followed that with an opposite-field grand slam in the Mavs’ big third inning in the second game.

Her grand slam came after Brooke Ortale crushed a no-doubt, two-run shot down the left-field line, which followed an RBI triple by Lisa Pille.

Kovac’s grand slam was a case of driving a rise ball where it was pitched.

“She was throwing high to begin with,” Kovac said. “A lot of people don’t know how to hit rise balls. That’s what we worked on right before we went to Tucson, getting back in the box and taking it where she pitches it.”

Colorado Mesa (7-4-1, 5-0-1 RMAC) scored 10 runs on five hits in the third inning and turned the game over to freshman left-hander Cori Shreves, who allowed three runs on three hits in the five-inning game.

The opener was also shortened to five innings by the run rule when Nicole Robinson tripled home one run and Jessica Severinsen hit a three-run home run.

Severinsen got the win in the opener, allowing only three hits and striking out seven. The teams play another doubleheader today, starting at 11 a.m.

Men’s Lacrosse

Colorado Mesa overcame a slow start to defeat Colorado College 11-7 in its home opener at Walker Field.

The Mavericks (1-1) scored five goals in the third quarter to take an 8-5 lead and pull away.

Freshman attacker Steven Brandenburg led Mesa with three goals. Kade Robinson and Dylan Duresky each scored two.

Sophomore goalie Zach Weaver made 16 saves.

Tennis

CMU’s men’s and women’s tennis teams came away with a pair of splits in Arizona.

Vanguard (Calif.) University defeated the CMU men 8-1 and the CMU women 6-3.

The Mavericks concluded the trip with a pair of 9-0 wins over Mesa (Ariz.) Community College.


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