Pulido’s perfect game lifts Mavericks to win

Ashley Pulido threw a perfect game to lead Colorado Mesa to a sweep of New Mexico Highlands in RMAC softball Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M.

The Mavericks beat Highlands 3-0 in the opener, then pounded out 10 hits to back Pulido in a 9-0 win.

In Game 2, Pulido threw strikes on 45 of her 62 pitches and struck out four batters to improve to 2-0 this season.

“Ashley threw amazing,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said. “She kept their hitters off balance, and the defense did a fantastic job.”

Mesa led 2-0 after three innings, then broke the game open with five runs in the fourth. Tawnee Woosley hit a three-run triple in the fifth, and the next batter, Megan Brown, hit an inside-the-park home run.

Jessica Severinsen led the Mavericks at the plate, going 3 for 3 with two RBI. She hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. Nicole Robinson added two hits.

Mesa (9-8, 8-3 RMAC) struck for two unearned runs in the first inning of the opener, and that was all Severinsen, the winning pitcher, needed as she blanked the Cowboys (5-14, 1-9) on six hits and one walk. She struck out seven batters and improved her record to 6-4.

Makayla Kovac had two hits, including a triple, to lead the Mavericks, who collected six hits.

Mesa plays Highlands in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. today.

Women’s Lacrosse

Regis won its fourth game in a row, defeating Colorado Mesa 18-10 in Denver.

The Rangers led 10-3 late in the first half, but the Mavericks scored the final three goals of the half to make it 10-6. Regis then ran its lead to 15-7 midway through the second half, and Mesa had another three-goal spurt, but the Rangers (4-2, 1-0 RMAC) closed out the game with the final three goals.

Haley Kroll and Olivia Porcaro scored three goals apiece for the Mavericks (1-2, 1-2).

Tennis

The Colorado Mesa men’s tennis team won two of three duals in Phoenix.

The Mavericks (4-5) defeated Hastings College 9-0, winning all six singles matches in straight sets, and defeated Mesa (Ariz.) Community College 5-4, but they lost 5-2 to Grand Canyon University, an NCAA Division I program.

CMU’s Jordan Lyden and Spencer Weinberg teamed for wins at No. 1 doubles in all three duals, as did the Mavs’ No. 2 doubles team of Blake Demond and Cody Freischlag.

Demond and Freischlag clinched the victory over Mesa Community College with an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles.

Lyden, Andres Garcia-Rojas and Trevor Brown won singles matches against Mesa CC.

The Colorado Mesa women (8-5) capped their trip to Phoenix with a 7-2 win over Mesa Community College. The Mavs won five singles matches and two doubles.

Rachel McLaughlin won 6-2, 4-6, (11-9) at No. 3 singles.


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