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March 8, 2014

Walk-Off Homer Rallies Colorado Mesa Past Orediggers, 7-5

GRAND JUNCTION – Colorado Mesa rallied from a 5-3 deficit with four runs in its final at-bat, capped by a walk-off, two-run home run to complete the Saturday sweep of Colorado School of Mines softball in Grand Junction.

Colorado Mesa (6-8, 5-3 RMAC) had two of its first three batters reach on singles to open the seventh inning. Makayla Kovac followed with a two-run double, before Jessica Severinsen delivered the go-ahead shot over the leftfield fence on a 1-0 count.

The Orediggers (7-8, 3-3 RMAC) posted double digit hits for the sixth time in seven games as eight of the nine players in the batting order recorded at least one base hit.

Junior Cassie Ford was 2-for-3 with three RBI, driving in two on one-out double to left center in the first inning and singling in one in the fifth via a drive to right.

Senior Courtney Derus finished 2-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored.

Seniors Morgan Anderson and Melissa Marshall each were 1-for-4 with one run. Anderson hit safely in her ninth straight game with an infield single in the fifth, while Marshall plated the Orediggers' third score of the game in the fourth on her team-leading sixth two-bagger.

Senior Sami Springer bumped her season-best hitting streak to seven in a row with a seventh-inning single to right center to close the nightcap 1-for-3 with one walk and run scored.

Following a game-high two walks in the opener, senior Gianna Duncan extended her reached base streak to 13 straight with a RBI single in the fourth.

Freshman Paige Noehring hit 1-for-4 with a run and classmate Kara Walling 1-for-2.

Sophomore Kristen Prudhomme (6-7) fanned a career-high six batters, but lost her second straight start with seven earned runs and 10 hits allowed in 6.1 innings.

The teams close the four-game set with an 11 a.m. doubleheader Sunday at Bergman Field.

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