UCCS, Mesa Swap Shutouts
GRAND JUNCTION -- To what's been an odd year in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference another chapter was added Sunday at Bergman Field.
A day after combining for 47 runs and 59 hits, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the Mesa State Mavericks traded shutouts Sunday with Mesa State taking the opener 8-0 and the Mountain Lions claiming the nightcap 3-0.
Mesa State finished the regular season with a 27-14 record, 25-10 in the RMAC. That conference record was good enough for the Mavericks to claim the No. 1 seed in, and the right to host, the RMAC Tournament only because a weather-forced tie against Colorado State-Pueblo Sunday left Western New Mexico with a 25-10-1 conference record.
Mesa State and Western New Mexico, the top two seeds, will each draw a first-round bye in the playoff tournament which is scheduled to begin Friday. Nebraska-Kearney swept Adams State Sunday to grab the third seed, followed by UCCS, Regis and Colorado State-Pueblo.
The Mountain Lions will face Regis in their tournament opener on Friday.
UCCS freshman Stacy Ortiz (18-10) started both games Sunday. She was racked for eight runs in three innings in the opener before coming back to throw a five-hit shutout in Game 2. With the Mountain Lions playing without injured Libby White, Ortiz pitched 23 innings in the four-game series.
White is questionable for the tournament.
A two-out double by Stacy Haney drove in Brianna Workman to give UCCS a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of Game 2. Sarah Cleland and Tasha Pagdilao each drove home runs in the sixth to make it 3-0.
Ortiz and a solid defense that played error-free in both games made it stand.
Mesa State's Cassie Phillips (16-5) threw a one-hit gem in the opener. Offensively, Mesa State, which leads the nation in home runs per game, belted five bombs.
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