Mountain Lions split with Utah Valley State
Brittni Carlson's single to center drove in Kara Rainey in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a dramatic 5-4 win over the Utah Valley State Wolverines in Game 1 of a two-game set Thursday evening at Four Diamonds Sports Complex.
Division I Utah Valley State (16-11) came back to win Game 2, out-bashing the Mountain Lions 9-6.
"These were big games for us today," said CU-Colorado Springs assistant coach Tanya Ramsey. "We needed to play competition like this."
Amber Colton picked up the win in Game 1, throwing all nine innings. Colton gave up four runs off eight hits and struck out eight.
Colton gave up all eight of those hits over the first three innings. Utah Valley State managed to take a 4-2 lead over that span. From that point on Colton was lights out.
Colton allowed just three bases runners, (one who reached by way of an error and the other two on walks) the rest of the way as she picked up her 13th win of the season.
The Mountain Lions (26-9) cut the lead to 4-3 with one out in the sixth when Carlson scored on a Charlene Berg single. CU-Colorado Springs tied it a few batters later when Megan Cushman, who pinch ran for Lindsay Shandera, scored on a Kara Rainey single up the middle.
CU-Colorado Springs opened Game 2 with what look like was going to be a huge inning. The first four Mountain Lions reached as CU-Colorado Springs went up 1-0 and had the bases loaded with no one out. Utah Valley's Kristy Miller got the next three hitters and the Mountain Lions had to settle for just the lone run.
Utah Valley State had the bases loaded no out in the bottom of the third. The Wolverines didn't let their big inning slip away.
Utah Valley State batted around, bashing out seven hits, and by the time the dust had settled had a 6-1 lead.
The Mountain Lions cut into the lead in the bottom of the inning when Shandera drove in Crystal Krebs with a single to center.
Shandera is as hot as anyone lately, driving in another four RBI Thursday after knocking in five against Northen Colorado on Wednesday.
"(Shandera) does a great job of hitting good pitching," said coach Scott Peterson. "She has been clutch for us lately."
Utah Valley State pushed its lead to 7-3 with a run in the fourth. The Mountain Lions snuck back into the game in the fifth when Shandera drove in Krebs and Jennifer Dykstra with a two out single to right.
The Wolverines put the game away with a pair of unearned runs in the sixth. Krebs belted her 15 home run in the seventh to cut it to 9-6.
The home run put Krebs into a tie for the CU-Colorado Springs career home run record in just her 30th game as a Mountain Lion.
The loss snapped two streaks for the Mountain Lions. It ended thier home winning streak at nine games and thier overall streak at 10.
The Mountain Lions will be back in action Saturday and Sunday when they take on Fort Lewis at 4-Diamond.
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