Winning streak up to 11 for Mesa softball team
Another year, another double-digit winning streak for the Colorado Mesa University softball team.
The Mavericks won their 11th consecutive game Saturday after their doubleheader sweep of CU-Colorado Springs at Bergman Field, winning the first game 9-1 and the second 12-4. Mesa hasn’t lost a game since Feb. 27 in the final game of an RMAC doubleheader at Chadron State.
Mesa has a long way to go to match last season’s school-record 29-game winning streak. Still, The Mavs (18-4, 11-2 RMAC) remained unbeaten in 10 home games this season at the expense of the Cougars (3-16, 2-12).
Kellie Mrofcza finished with five hits in the twin bill, including a 4-for-4 performance in the second game that included a home run and three runs scored. Kaila Jacobi and Alexandria Dufour each had three hits in the second game. Mesa pitcher McKenzie Surface allowed two hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in five innings to win the first game.
The Mavericks opened the opener of the doubleheader with a three-run first inning. Mesa’s first run came on a double steal, which Brooke Hodgson followed with an RBI double. Hodgson came around to score on an RBI single from Mrofcza.
CMU’s lead grew to 5-0 on AnnMarie Torres’ two-run single in the second inning. UCCS manufactured one run in the fourth, but CMU scored two more in both the fourth and fifth innings, including a two-run home run to right center by Hodgson.
In game two, the Mavericks batted around in the first inning for a five-run frame on six hits. Mesa added three more runs in second inning — highlighted by Jacobi’s a two-run shot to left field — before UCCS scored two runs in the fourth.
Meghan Waidler hit a two-run single for UCCS in the fifth inning.
Mrofcza two-run home run in the second game capped the scoring and ended the eight-run mercy-rule game.
Mesa has won its past seven games by the run rule.
Kimbri Herring threw three scoreless innings to earn her fifth win of the season. Andy Hancock gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.
TRACK AND FIELD
Colorado Mesa’s men’s and women’s track and field teams won team championships at the four-team Slope Challenge track meet held on the CSU-Pueblo campus.
Among the top performers for the Mesa women were senior Bacall Sterling, whose triple-jump distance of 39.83 feet was a provisional NCAA meet qualifying mark. Quincey Peterson won the high jump with a mark of 5.25 feet, and Gabriella Casey had a winning mark of 11.48 feet in the pole vault.
Nolan Ellis had a provisional-qualifying mark of 15.75 feet in the pole vault. D’Angelo Foster’s time of 14.8 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles was good for first place, as was the mark of 45.9 feet in the triple jump from Mesa’s James Sylvester. Also winning for Mesa was Aaron Simons in the discus (160.23 feet) and Trevor Jensen in the hammer throw (171.09 feet).
Colorado Mesa won all but one of its matches during an 8-1 victory against College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California.
The Mavericks swept doubles play, getting an 8-4 win from Cody Freischlag and Nicholas Farman at No. 1 doubles and an 8-0 win from Oliver Lindqvist and Will Agritelley at No. 2 doubles. Their win at No. 3 doubles came by default.
Injuries forced forfeits by College of the Desert at Nos. 5 and 6 singles. Two Mesa players, Farmen and Lucas Martin, each won at Nos. 3 and 4 singles by scores of 6-0, 6-0, respectively, with Max Lindqvist winning 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.