Mountain Lions reamin unbeaten at home, sweep UNK
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (23-8, 18-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) beat the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers (10-17, 9-11) 6-2 and 4-1 Sunday at 4-Diamond Sports Complex to complete a four game weekend sweep.
The Mountain Lions have now won a school record 18 conference games, breaking the mark of 16 they set last season. CU-Colorado Springs also remained undefeated at home, 8-0, and is now on a seven game win streak.
Nebraska-Kearney scored first in Game 1 when Laci Allen scored on a Brandi Greenwood sacrifice fly. UNK's Danae Wolcott made the 1-0 lead stand for three innings as she held the Mountain Lions hitless the first time through the lineup.
"In the beginning we were swinging at some pitches out of the zone," said Coach Scott Peterson. "We told our hitters to be patient, they would get something good to hit."
Their patience would prove to pay off.
The second time through the lineup the first seven hitters reached safely as the Mountain Lions rallied for five runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Lindsay Shandera had the key hit in the inning, a two-run single up the middle. Crystal Krebs added another run an inning later with her RMAC-leading 14 home run.
Amber Colton (11-4) had her best start since injuring her toe, throwing a complete game seven-hitter. Colton gave up two runs while striking out seven.
Brenna Pool (12-4) started Game 2 for the Mountain Lions giving up just one run off seven hits.
CU-Colorado Springs broke a scoreless tie in the third when Jennifer Dykstra hit her fourth home run, a two run shot that scored Kara Rainey.
In the fourth, Nebraska-Kearney cut the lead to 2-1 and were looking for more with runners on second and third with two out. Pool, as she has done all year, got out of the jam getting Allen to line out to Dykstra.
CU-Colorado Springs went up 4-1 in the fifth when Brittni Carlson hit a two-run home run to left.
"(UNK pitcher Katie Anderson) had a lot of spin on her ball today, but she happened to miss a couple of time down the middle," said Carlson. "I just capitalized on her miss."
Carlson capitalized all weekend long going a combined 7-for-10 with two home runs and 10 RBI on the weekend.
"We all know what a great hitter (Carlson) is," said Peterson. "Now that she's going it just puts more pressure on the other team."
Nebraska-Kearney threatened to cut into the lead in the sixth. After Pool got the first two outs Breanna Fleshman doubled to left and then Allen reached on an error. Pool got out of the inning getting Megan Langerak to ground out. pool retired the Lopers in order in the seventh to in the game.
"I have a lot of respect for (UNK Coach Holly) Carnes, she is a great coach and they have had great teams every year," said Peterson. "To take four games from them is a big achievement."
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