After opening the 2016 season with 12 games at home, the Dixie State softball team heads to Colorado for its first road test of the season.

The Red Storm (8-4) open the road portion of their schedule with a doubleheader at Fort Lewis on Monday and a doubleheader at Colorado Mesa on Tuesday. Monday’s games with the Skyhawks are set for a 10 a.m. start and will be played at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex in Aztec, New Mexico. Tuesday’s games vs. the Mavericks start at 2 p.m., in Grand Junction, Colorado.

All-time vs. Fort Lewis

Monday’s games mark the 10th and 11th meetings between Dixie State and Fort Lewis. The teams first met on Feb. 2, 2007, at the College Red Rock Invitational in St. George. DSU won the inaugural matchup, 5-4, and took the next two games the next two days. FLC defeated the Red Storm, 7-6, on the final day of the tournament, sparking a three-game win streak in the series for the Skyhawks. Dixie State won the most recent matchup, 8-4, at Karl Brooks Field on Feb. 7. DSU holds a 6-3 series lead.

All-time vs. Colorado Mesa

Tuesday’s games mark the sixth and seventh meetings between Dixie State and Colorado Mesa. The teams first met on Feb. 17, 2013, at the NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic in Tucson, Arizona. DSU won the inaugural matchup, 2-1, sparking a five-game win streak in the series for the Storm. Dixie State holds a 5-0 series lead, including a 2-0 mark in Grand Junction.

Know your foe

Fort Lewis enters the weekend with a 3-8 overall record, having lost three-consecutive games after defeating Eastern New Mexico on Feb. 13. The Skyhawks are led by sophomore infielders Denae Fisher (.429 batting average, three RBIs) and Lauren Caldwell (.414 batting average, four RBIs).

Colorado Mesaenters the weekend with a 1-4 overall record. The Mavericks defeated No. 19 Sonoma State on Feb. 7, to close a five-game slate at the Las Vegas Desert Stinger tournament and have not played since. CMU is led by freshman infielders Kellie Mrofcza (.500 batting average, one RBI) and Alexandria Dufour (.455 batting average, two RBIs), while junior outfielder Sarah Phillips (.444 batting average, one RBI, one HR) and sophomore catcher Zoe Pakes (.400 batting average, two RBIs, one HR) also contribute consistently.

Last time out

The Red Storm finished last weekend’s Dixie State Classic tournament with a 4-1 record, culminated in a 13-5 win over Western Oregon in six innings.

Up next

The Storm open PacWest Conference play at Azusa Pacific with doubleheaders next Friday and Saturday.

Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Red Storm Athletics. Contact him at keric.seegmiller@dixie.edu.