Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) On day two of the RMAC Tournament Championships, the Mavericks get two wins and are heading to the championship game.
The Mavericks won the first game of the day against Colorado School of Mines with relative ease. CMU jumped the gun in the first inning with bases loaded. Bailey Kleespies finds a hole up the middle, for a 2-RBI single taking the lead 2-0. Orrediggers pitcher, Sydney Marchando, allowed four walks. Two of them being on bases loaded giving the Mavericks two extra runs. The Orrediggers did get a home run off of pitcher, Kimbri Herring but Mesa already had a four-run lead. Herring racked seven strikeouts allowing just one run. Mavericks bought some insurance in the fourth with a 3-run home run over left field by Kellie Mrofcza. The Mavericks win 9-1 to advance to the tournament semi-finals.
CMU got a run in the first but it was a nail bitter after that. McKenzie Surface was throwing great stuff Friday night. She eclipsed 100 strikeouts this season during the game.
Runs were tough to come by. Kelly Mrofcza hit to deep right over the fielder's head for a double.
After the game, head coach Erik Kozel said he was sending Mrofcza home of the crack of the bat. An error helps the run score and the Mavericks took a 2-1 lead.
Surface shuts the Trailblazers down after that. She had six strikeouts in the win. A pop fly will seal the deal. The Mavericks are heading to the tournament championship game with a 2-1 win over Dixie State. It wasn't an offensive performance CMU fans are used to but a strong performance from senior pitcher McKenzie Surface kept the RMAC sweep hopes alive.
"When it doesn't happen, I know I got their back on the mound and if it happens for them, it's awesome," said Surface. "We've been obviously very fortunate and lucky getting that. They did a great adjustment just moving the ball, making things happen. They may not have been the prettiest but in the end we got the 'W' so that's all that matters."
"We were really trying to talk to each other, you know, make adjustments," said senior Kellie Mrofcza. "We realized some of us weren't having success our first round going through the lineup. A lot of that communication helped. Just learning to lay off the ones that aren't close and being able to fight until you get the pitch you want is really what we were trying to focus on."
"Definitely a tough opponent in Dixie but we had a great showing on the mound from McKenzie Surface," head coach Erik Kozel said. "Definitely good to get that win."