Walk-off home runs help Mesa win pair
Colorado Mesa walked off with not one, but two, key RMAC softball victories Saturday afternoon.
Jessica Severinsen hit a walk-off home run in the seventh inning to defeat CSU-Pueblo 5-4 after Camille Brimhall hit a walk-off home run to defeat Colorado Christian 8-0 by run rule in the sixth inning earlier in the day.
“These are big wins right here,” Severinsen said. “These two teams are ahead of us and we want to take that number two spot in the standings.”
With one out, Severinsen hit the first pitch she saw over the left-field fence for the winner.
“They jammed me two times, and I wasn’t going to let them jam me this time,” Severinsen said. “I backed off the plate and took the first pitch inside (and hit it out).”
The Mavericks (20-11-1, 18-7-1 RMAC) needed Severinsen’s home run in the gusting wind after CSU-Pueblo (24-10, 21-8 RMAC) rallied to score two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the score 4-4.
The ThunderWolves’ Alexa Snyder led off the top of the seventh with a single, then Sidney Bailey reached on a bunt between Severinsen in the pitching circle and first baseman Nicole Robinson. Dora Hernandez reached on an error, allowing Snyder to score. One out later, McKenzie Joseph singled home the tying run before Severinsen got out of the inning.
“It was one of those things, we didn’t push the panic button as a coaching staff because we looked at who we had coming up in the bottom of the seventh,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said. “Any one of those three can do the job at any given moment. We fell into the right part of the lineup there.”
CSU-Pueblo, coming off a 5-2 victory over Colorado Christian, took a quick 2-0 lead on the Mavericks in the top of the first inning, but Mesa came back with two in the bottom half on a Severinsen two-run home run.
The Mavericks added a run in the second on Lisa Pille’s sacrifice fly and another in the fourth on Megan Smith’s RBI double for a 4-2 lead.
That appeared to be enough for Cori Shreves.
The freshman limited the ThunderWolves to two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
“Cori did a great job,” Abrams said. “She’ll continue to improve for us and continue to do what she does best and that’s keep those hitters off balance. It’s a pop-fly fest. I don’t know how she does it, but that’s great. She’s stepping into some big shoes coming in her freshman year.”
Severinsen (15-4) allowed two runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings for the victory.
She pitched a complete game in the Mavericks’ victory over Colorado Christian (18-18, 14-8 RMAC), giving up three hits and striking out six.
“We played one of our better games against Christian,” Abrams said. “We’re kicking ourselves for a little mental mess-ups, but that stuff will sharpen up as (the season progresses). I’m always happy when we get 10-plus hits in a game. I can’t argue with that.”
Severinsen had a two-run double in the Mavs’ four-run second inning for a 5-0 lead. She was 4 for 8 with five RBI in the two games.
Brimhall ended the game with a two-run home run in the sixth.
“I went in trying to be patient, saw the ball really good and went for it,” Brimhall said. “I saw a pitch I liked and took it.”