Mesa State softball team draws Metro in regionals
Kris Mort was disappointed the Mesa State College softball team didn’t win the RMAC championship last weekend, but she couldn’t fault the Mavericks’ effort against fourth-ranked Metro State.
After the tournament, Mort said her team’s ability to come back after a 19-6 loss to the Roadrunners in the first championship game to send the “if” game to extra innings showed the Mavs they belonged among the elite of the conference. Mesa State handed the Roadrunners their fourth loss of the season in the second round of the conference tournament, 5-1.
Mort had an inkling the teams could meet again in this week’s Central Region tournament. She was right.
Mesa State (23-20) drew the No. 4 seed in one of two regional brackets and plays Metro State (46-4) at noon Friday in the opening game at Four Diamonds Sports Complex in Colorado Springs.
It will be the eighth time the teams have played this season, the fourth in the past week.
Mesa State and Metro State are the only RMAC teams in the eight-team regional, which is split into two sub-regions.
In the other first-round game, Minnesota State Mankato (32-13) plays Winona State (35-12) at 3 p.m. The championship game is set for noon Sunday.
In the second Central Region bracket, Wayne State (Neb.) is the host school and plays Minnesota Duluth. Augustana (S.D.) plays Concordia-St. Paul in the other first-round game.
The two tournament winners meet May 21-22 in a best-of-three super regional series.
Metro State is the host school but cannot play the tournament at its facility, so the Roadrunners made arrangements to play on the home field of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Last spring, Metro hosted a regional tournament but played at Regis University. Mesa State won that tournament and played Winona State in the super regional.