Softball team remains unbeaten at home
Crystal Krebs went a combined 5-for-6 with four RBI and four runs as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team remained unbeaten at home with a doubleheader sweep of the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers Saturday at Four Diamonds Sports Complex.
The Mountain Lions (21-5, 16-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) scored ten runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win the first game 15-6. They beat the Lopers (10-15, 9-9) the nightcap 4-2 to improve to 6-0 at home for the season.
CU-Colorado Springs trailed 6-2 in the opener, but cut the lead to one in the bottom of the third on a Krebs RBI single and a two-run home run by Brittni Carlson.
Krebs opened the fifth inning with her RMAC leading 13th homer of the season - a 300-foot shot to center field. Three walks loaded the bases before Sarah Wodniak tripled to the wall in left center. Kara Rainey reached on an error, scoring Wodniak, followed by consecutive singles by Sonia Reyes, Jennifer Dykstra and Krebs. Lindsay Shandera doubled to end the inning as the game was halted due to the NCAA's mercy rule.
The Mountain Lions opened the scoring in Game 2 while Krebs was being intentionally walked. With Kara Rainey on second, the Lopers elected to walk Krebs, but Katie Anderson's second pitch got too close to home plate and Krebs stroked it for an RBI single.
Nebraska-Kearney tied the game with a run in the third, but CU-Colorado Springs answered when Rainey walked, stole second, then advanced the rest of the way home on a pair of wild pitches.
The Lopers tied the game again in the sixth, but the Mountain Lions again answered in the bottom half of the inning with a sacrifice fly by Charlene Barg and an RBI double by Rainey.
Brenna Pool (11-4) pitched an inning of scoreless relief in the opener and a complete game in the nightcap to earn both wins for the Mountain Lions.
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