Shandera, Carlson key sweep of Northern Colorado
When a team's top two RBI producers, who happen to also be the top two in the conference in that category, are shut out in a doubleheader against a provisional NCAA Division I opponent, it's a bad thing, right?
Lindsay Shandera drove in four runs in the opener and Brittni Carlson matched the feat in the nightcap as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs swept the Northern Colorado Bears 7-3 and 8-3 on Wednesday at Greeley.
The Mountain Lions (25-8) managed to win their eighth and ninth straight games despite not getting an RBI from either Crystal Krebs, who leads the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and is third nationally in driving in runs, or Jennifer Dykstra, who trails only Krebs among the RMAC's leaders.
Trailing 1-0 in the opener, Charlene Berg drilled a two-run single to right field to give CU-Colorado Springs the lead. Berg made it 3-1 when she scored on an error following Sarah Wodniak's drag single.
Northern Colorado (4-21) tied the game in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run by Erin Peterson, but the Mountain Lions answered in the fifth. Shandera hit a sharp single through the right side of the infield with the bases loaded to give CU-Colorado Springs a 5-3 lead.
Each of the Mountain Lions' first five runs scored with two outs.
Shandera found the bases full again when she came to bat in the seventh inning. The freshman from Mill Creek, Wash., drilled a double to the fence in right center, scoring Megan Cushman and Dykstra.
It was Carlson's turn to shine in Game 2.
The 2003 RMAC co-freshman of the year singled home Sonia Reyes in the fourth inning to put CU-Colorado Springs up 1-0. Her bases-loaded triple in the fifth keyed a six-run rally that put the game away.
Amber Colton (12-4) picked up the win in Game 1 and a save in Game 2. Brenna Pool (13-4) matched her by saving the first game and winning the second.
Shandera was 4-for-7 with five RBI for the day. Reyes went 3-for-7, Carlson went 3-for-8 and Wodniak went 2-for-4.
The Mountain Lions face another Division I opponent, Utah Valley State, on Thursday at 4-Diamonds Sports Complex at 4 p.m.
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