Mesa softball will host RMAC tournament
Colorado Mesa’s softball team received the help it needed.
The Mavericks, with help from Metro State, Fort Lewis and Regis, ended up in first place by eight percentage points to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season title and will host the RMAC tournament beginning Thursday at Bergman Field. Times will be announced by the RMAC.
It is Mesa’s first RMAC regular season title since 2007.
“I didn’t think we had much of a chance after some of the losses we had,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said. “Crazy things happened. I can’t express how excited I am.”
Metro State defeated CSU-Pueblo 10-6 in the series finale Sunday evening to bump the ThunderWolves from first to second.
Colorado Mesa (27-19, 26-12 RMAC) will play Fort Lewis (23-27, 19-19 RMAC) in the first round of the double-elimination tournament. The RMAC tournament champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division II South Central Region tournament.
“This gives us a lot of confidence playing at home,” Abrams said. “It’s a comfort thing when you can sleep in your own bed.”
The Mavericks entered the weekend in fourth place and lost their first game of a four-game series against Colorado Christian on Friday before winning the last three games to keep their RMAC title hopes alive.
Metro State (26-14, 20-11 RMAC) entered the weekend in first place, but lost three of four games to CSU-Pueblo (26-19, 23-11 RMAC).
Chadron State (27-21, 23-11 RMAC) had a chance, taking three of four against Fort Lewis, but the Eagles needed a sweep.
The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (25-17, 21-14 RMAC) could’ve took over the top spot, but was swept by Regis in a four-game series.
CSU-Pueblo and Chadron State tied for second place. Metro State finished fourth, Adams State fifth, UCCS sixth and Regis seventh.
Dominican held on to defeat Colorado Mesa 12-10 and force a possible tie for the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association title in San Rafael, Calif.
Kevin Powers scored five goals to lead the Penguins, including the final goal to seal the victory.
Stephen Dunn scored three goals and Kade Robinson had two for Colorado Mesa. Goalie Brad Brandenburg made 15 saves.
The Mavericks (8-3, 4-1 WILA) were whistled for nine penalties for 15:30. They had four unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the fourth quarter for 11 minutes. Brandenburg received two of them and was replaced.
Dominican (9-3, 5-1 WILA) scored seven consecutive goals in the third quarter for an 11-5 lead.
Mesa came back with five consecutive goals in the fourth to get within one, but Powers scored with five seconds left.