Colorado Mesa Sweeps CSC Softball; Eagle Losing Streak Now At 17 Games


Photo by Jared Henderson/CMU Athletics


After being defeated twice on Saturday, the Chadron State College softball team fell in two more games against the Colorado Mesa Mavericks on Sunday, losing 4-0 and 12-3.
The game two loss for Chadron State was its 17th consecutive loss, dropping them to 5-33 overall and 5-23 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.  Colorado Mesa improves to 31-7 overall and 29-3 in conference play.

The Mavericks lead NCAA D-II in home runs and blasted 10 off CSC pitchers in the 4-game series, including 5 in Saturday’s second game.
On Sunday, Colorado Mesa scored runs in the 1st, 3rd and 6th innings for their 4-0 Game One victory.
Solo homers accounted for runs in the 1st and 3rd innings with an RBI-double plating a second one in the 3rd. An RBI-single scored the final run in the 6th.
The Eagle had just 2 hits and an equal number of errors in the loss. Mesa finished with four runs, nine hits and one error.
Kenzi Garner took the loss for Chadron State in a complete game showing. Preslee Christensen improved to 11-3 for the Mavericks.

Game Two saw the Eagles take their only leads of the week. They went ahead 1-0 in the 1st inning when Jazlyn Arvizo reached base on a throwing error and advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt.

A wild pitch allowed her to advance to 3rd base before a Lauren Zimmerman single brought her home.
A solo homer by the Maverick’s Ava Fugate tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but the Eagles quickly regained the lead when Mackenzi Kroll led off the 2nd inning with a solo homer to center field.  

That would be the high point for CSC as Mesa sent 12 at bats and six hits to score six runs and gain a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the second inning.
CSC’s final run came in the top of the 3rd inning. Zimmerman singled to right field and was replaced by pinch runner Jolynn Niegocki. Niegocki took 3rd base on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Ashland Baca to make the score 7-3.
Colorado Mesa was unable to add any runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning, but scored 3 in the 4th to take a 10-3 lead in the 5th.

Ally Distler then ended the game with a run-rule, walk-off, 2-run home run to left center that gave her 5 RBIs for the day.
The Eagles had 3 runs, 5 hits and one error in the loss while Mavericks had 12 runs, 14 hits and one error.
Brooklyn Levin pitched 3.0 innings before Kenzi Garner pitched 1.1 innings of relief. Marisa Nehm improved to 6-0 overall for Colorado Mesa.
Chadron State softball plays host to New Mexico Highlands this Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14.