Mountain Lions take two from Regis
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs got one step closer to winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference after sweeping the Fort Lewis Skyhawks Saturday afternoon at 4-Diamond Sports Complex.
The Mountain Lions (28-9, 20-2 RMAC) got two stellar pitching performances, winning Game 1 5-4 behind Amber Colton, and Game 2 2-0 behind Brenna Pool.
Colton carried a perfect game into the fifth inning and was absolutely brilliant over that stretch, striking out eight of the first 14 hitters she faced. Only one ball was hit out of the infield until Monica Chavez ended the no-hit bid with a double down the left field line with two outs in the fifth.
"(Colton) was overpowering the first five innings," said coach Scott Peterson.
Chavez's hit drove in Kathryn Abbott, who had reached on an error, to cut the Mountain Lions lead to 3-1. The Mountain Lions got the run back in the bottom of inning.
Sonia Reyes doubled to the gap in left center to drive in Kara Rainey. Regis rallied for three runs off of four hits in the sixth to tie the game 4-4.
The Mountain Lions took the lead back in the bottom of the inning. Brenna Pool came in from third on a daring, delayed double steal after Fort Lewis catcher Abbott threw the ball away while trying to throw out Sarah Wodniak, who was stealing second.
Colton (14-4) allowed three earned runs off six hits while striking out ten.
"I just tied to mix up my stuff to keep them off balance," said Colton who has won her last five starts.
Pool also managed to keep Fort Lewis (10-25, 9-19) off balance in the second game.
Pool pitcher her fifth shutout of the season, limiting the Skyhawks to just four hits. Fort Lewis' Tara Berg also pitched well as she tamed the Mountain Lions bats, holding them without a run until the sixth.
Brittni Carlson broke the scoreless tie with a two out single up the middle that scored Jennifer Dykstra. Carlson then scored to make it 2-0 on a Lindsay Shandera double.
Fort Lewis threatened to score in the seventh, getting two on with two out. Crystal Krebs ended the game by picking off Abbott at first.
The Mountain Lions magic number to clinch the RMAC and therefore host conference tournament is now just four games. Any combination of CU-Colorado Springs wins and Regis loses that equal four, gives the Mountain Lions the crown.
"Hosting the tournament would be a great honor for us," said Peterson. "(The magic number) is at four right now, hopefully we will come out tomorrow and trim a couple more off that."
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