Sports Briefs: Mesa State Roundup April 20, 2009
• Metro ends Mavs’ winning streak
Mesa State rallied from a six-run deficit to force extra innings only to lose on a walk-off home run in the 10th.
Metro State’s Kevin Coughlin hit a leadoff home run off Mesa State closer Aaron Guinn (3-2) to defeat the second-ranked Mavericks 9-8 on Sunday at Auraria Field in Denver and snap Mesa’s 16-game winning streak.
The Mavericks (34-6, 24-3 RMAC) waited until Sunday morning to travel because of road conditions and field concerns, but Mesa State coach Chris Hanks didn’t think that affected the Mavs.
“We generally play good the times we travel the same day,” he said. “Metro played well. They made some good plays and we made a couple of bad pitches.”
Metro State (22-17, 13-13 RMAC) broke open a 2-2 game with a six-run fourth inning and held that lead until the seventh when the Mavs scored five times, including three on a Grant Vickers home run. Mesa tied the game in the eighth on a Metro error.
• Mesa State ran its winning streak to eight Sunday with its second RMAC series sweep in a row, defeating Western New Mexico 7-6 and 17-9.
Four big innings led the Mavericks (21-15, 17-13 RMAC) to the sweep, scoring six runs in the first inning of the opener and then bunching their runs together in the second game. Mesa State scored five runs in the second, four in the third and exploded for eight runs, all with two out, in the sixth inning to put the game away.
Jamie Prather and Sara Jordan drove in four runs each in the second game to back Cierra Lard, who threw the first four innings, and Jessica Rayman, who finished up. Jordan and Rayman teamed up to pitch the first game.
“We held on in the first game and clearly we were the better team,” Mesa State coach Kris Mort said. “They have a couple of good hitters, but we hit well all the way up and down the lineup this weekend.”
The Mavericks moved two games ahead of Adams State in the win column after the Grizzlies split a doubleheader Sunday against Fort Lewis, but still trail in conference winning percentage. The teams wrap up the regular season this weekend against each other at Bergman Field.
• Berve places seventh to lead Mavs
Freshman Jessica Berve shot a second round 77 to finish seventh with a two-day total of 165 in the RMAC Championships at Sundance Golf Club in Buckeye, Ariz.
The Mavericks placed fifth overall and fourth in the RMAC with 694. Upper Iowa, which is not an RMAC-affiliated member won the tournament with 630. The Peacocks had the top four individuals.
Fort Hays State won the RMAC team title with 669. Montana State-Billings took second (third overall) with 684 and Western New Mexico was third (fourth overall) with 685.
Berve made the All-RMAC tournament team with tournament MVP Alex Semanko of Regis, Sam Nielson of Fort Hays State, Carissa Schwalm of Western New Mexico and Amy Nordeen of Montana State-Billings.
Mesa’s Afton Balling and Sadie Peavler-Farnsworth tied for 19th (173). Jennifer Hilts shot 187 and Brittani White scored 192.
• Wiggins breaks Mesa record
Sierra Wiggins broke her Mesa State school record in the javelin and Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos took first place in the 5,000-meter run to lead the Mavericks to second place in the Mountaineer Open in Gunnison.
A partial Western State team won the meet with 211 points, followed by Mesa State (124.5). Colorado School of Mines placed third (85) and Adams State and CU-Colorado Springs tied for fourth (56).
Wiggins’ record javelin throw of 33.60 meters took third place. Michelle Clements came close to a school record in the shot put with a fourth-place throw of 11.00 meters.
Martinez-Ramos won the 5,000 in 19 minutes, 21.81 seconds.
Andrea Ager placed second in the 400 hurdles (1:07.11), followed by teammates Natalie Corbet (third in 1:09.82) and Amber Haberman (fourth in 1:10.78).
Jessica Smith took second in the 800 (2:24.73) and Deb Vigil was third (2:28.42).