Lions leave Tucson on high note

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 25, 2004

Crystal Krebs hit two more home runs and drove in a combined 10 runs as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team finished its Spring Break trip to Tucson with a pair of wins on Thursday.

The Mountain Lions beat the Taylor Lady Trojans 9-4 in the early game, then pounded the St. Olaf Oles 14-0. The wins gave CU-Colorado Springs a 4-2 record for the trip and a 19-8 mark overall.

Krebs went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI against Taylor. She followed that with a 3-for-3 performance against St. Olaf, including a pair of mammoth homers and six RBI.

Jennifer Dykstra, who was moved to the No. 3 spot in the order on Wednesday, showed that her new batting position was agreeable after going a combined 6-for-8 with two RBI and six runs scored.

The Mountain Lions scored seven runs in the first two innings in the opener, but were sluggish afterward. Taylor (1-7) scored three runs on four hits in the fourth inning as CU-Colorado Springs starter Amber Colton (10-4) and reserve catcher Megan Cushman struggled to get on the same page. Cushman had four passed balls in the inning.

She didn't take her struggles to the plate, though, where Cushman went 3-for-4 with a stolen base.

Colton, meanwhile, took the fourth inning personally. The junior mowed down nine of the final 10 Taylor batters.

Brenna Pool (9-4) took over where Colton left off in the nightcap, allowing only one hit and one walk in throwing her fourth shutout of the season.

Krebs opened the scoring with a two-run first-inning homer. CU-Colorado Springs added three more runs in the third inning on a Krebs RBI single and a two-run double by Brittni Carlson.

Four more runs crossed in the fourth inning. Cushman doubled to drive home Sarah Wodniak. Then Sonia Reyes hit a single to right field that plated Brenna Pool and Cushman. Dykstra completed the inning with a double that brought home Reyes.

Krebs' three-run blast capped a five-run fifth inning.

The Mountain Lions return home on Saturday and Sunday, when they will played a pair of critical doubleheaders against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Nebraska-Kearney.

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Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSo.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PJr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSr.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSJr.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSSo.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSSr.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFSo.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFJr.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFSr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFSR.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFJr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson321BSo.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32IFFr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22IFJr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22CSr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9IF/PJr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9P/OFSr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes13IFSo.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BJr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BSR
Megan CushmanMegan Cushman5OF/CFr.
Megan CushmanMegan Cushman5OF/CSo.
Megan CushmanMegan Cushman5OF/CSo.
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