Mesa State College took advantage of its home field - chilly weather and all.
The Mesa State softball team swept a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader from Fort Lewis College 5-3 and 7-5 Friday night in rainy Grand Junction.
Mesa State scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win the opener 5-3.
The Mavericks broke open the second game, building a 7-0 lead before holding on for the victory.
Fort Lewis took the lead in the top of the first in the opener when Chelena Coulston scored an unearned run for the Skyhawks, helped by a Mesa State error.
Mesa State went up 2-1 in the bottom of the second with four hits, including an RBI double by Lauren Cross and an RBI single by Ashlee Duffy.
The Skyhawks tied the game in the top of the third. Denae Benally hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Amber Massey.
Alyssa Rahm started for FLC and pitched four innings. Stephanie Janes took over in the top of the fifth.The Mavericks greeted her with three hits, including a 3-run home run to left field by Sara Jordan.
Fort Lewis scrambled back with a run in the top of the seventh on singles by Massey, Natalie Janes, Jordan Willis with Willis' hit driving home pinch runner Danielle Haubert.
The Skyhawks also had a runner thrown out at home in the seventh.
The Mavericks dominated in the second game, but FLC put together a five-run rally in the top of the seventh before Mesa State ended the doubleheader.
"We're at a point where we can go one of two ways," FLC head coach Pam Adams said. "We can lie down or we can step up."
She said the Skyhawks have extended their recent trend of getting their hits when the pressure is off or the game is out of hand.
"It's time for us to get better. It's that simple," Adams said as the Skyhawks fell to 6-14 in the RMAC, 9-17 overall.
"We didn't hit in the second game, until the seventh," Adams said.
But the 7-0 deficit was too much to overcome, she said.
Mesa State improved to 9-11 in conference, 13-13 overall.
Tuesday's doubleheader was played in windy, rainy conditions in Grand Junction.