Severinsen’s walk-off HR lifts CMU
Jessica Severinsen was getting tired of getting jammed inside, so she did something about it.
The Colorado Mesa senior softball player turned on another inside pitch and launched it into the stratosphere for a walk-off home run to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday afternoon at Bergman Field. The Mavericks defeated Mines 9-1 in the first game and 7-5 in the second game.
“I knew it was gone,” Severinsen said with a smile. “She’s been busting me inside all day. I decided I’m not going to let it get by me. The first pitch I saw, I just ripped it.”
Colorado Mesa (6-8, 5-3 RMAC) is on a four-game winning streak after losing six of its first eight games this season.
“They’re definitely coming into their own right now,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said of the team. “They’re starting to play like a team and swing the bats consistently. After last weekend, we rolled right into it (this weekend hitting). I love seeing that. It’s a good thing to see, even though we had a blip in the weather last weekend.
“Defensively, we’re getting there. It’s a game of adjustments.”
Severinsen did more than hit a walk-off home run. She picked up the win in the pitching circle in relief, limiting Mines to one hit in the top of the seventh.
“You’ve got to shut the door as a pitcher,” Severinsen (3-4) said. “I’m trying to get the underclassmen to learn that concept: Shut the door. Don’t let the team come back. Shut them down.”
Starting pitcher Jo Bolyard allowed three earned runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings, and, like Severinsen, she helped herself out with a three-run home run in the second inning.
Mines scored two runs in the fourth inning off Bolyard to take a 4-3 lead and added a run in the fifth for a 5-3 lead.
The Orediggers (7-8, 3-3 RMAC) led 5-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, but Mesa didn’t panic.
With two on and one out, Makayla Kovac doubled to drive in Tawnee Woosley. Abrams held up Madelyn Schulz at third, but a Mines infielder mishandled the ball, and Schulz raced home, beating the throw and tying the game.
“I’m going to tell them to go until I stop them,” Abrams said. “If (the Mines infielder) catches it cleanly and I sent (Schulz), she is hosed at the plate, but (the Mines infielder) made a mistake. That’s one thing we’ve been working on, even if I stop you, your eyes are picking up the ball right away. She did an awesome job of that.”
One pitch later, Severinsen hit the walk-off home run.
Severinsen also pitched a complete game for the victory in the first game. She allowed one run on three hits, four walks and struck out four in the six-inning run-rule game.
The Mavericks scored three runs in the first and three in the second. They added one in the fifth and two in the sixth to end the game early.
Brooke Ortale was 3 for 3 with four RBI. She had a two-run double in the first inning, a run-scoring double in the fifth and the walk-off single in the sixth to score the game-ending run.
Kovac was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Sarah Phillis was 2 for 3 with one RBI, and Severinsen had a sacrifice fly.
“The past couple weeks we went back to the basics and started working on what we needed to get done,” Severinsen said. “Obviously, it’s showing, and we’re winning as a team. It’s not one individual. It’s a team now.”
Mesa concludes the series with Mines with a doubleheader at 11 a.m. today at Bergman Field.