Mountain Lions get the message from Fort Leiws

By Mike McNeely published April 18, 2004

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs received a wake-up call from the Fort Lewis Skyhawks in Game 1 on Sunday.

The Mountain Lions showed in Game 2 that they got the message.

CU-Colorado Springs (29-10, 21-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) rebounded after losing Game 1 3-1 to spank the Skyhawks 11-3 in Game 2.

The Mountain Lions came out flat in the opener as they managed just five hits off Fort Lewis starter Monica Garcia. Garcia picked up her first win of the season as she struck out ten in her 6 1/3 innings of work.

Amber Colton pitched well and the defense was solid, but the lack of hitting sent the Mountain Lions to their first home loss in conference play.

"We came into this game a little cocky," said junior outfielder Sarah Wodniak, "Having that slap in the face really brought us back to reality.

"After that, the team just picked it up. We had to."

CU-Colorado Springs smacked out 13 hits in Game 2, mercy-ruling the Skyhawks (11-26, 21-3) in five innings. Brenna Pool picked up the win, allowing six hits and three runs. It was her 15th win of the season, tying her with Jessica Coltrin for the single-season school record.

"I just tried to keep the ball low and keep them off balance," said Pool. "I don't overpower people, so I rely a lot on my defense behind me."

The Mountain Lions played error free ball in the field for the second straight game. The bats were the big story though.

The Mountain Lions took a 2-0 in the second when Sonia Reyes and Wodniak both drove in runs. CU-Colorado Springs seemed to be headed for a big inning with the bases loaded and Brittni Carlson at the plate. With one out, Carlson smashed a line drive towards third where it was snagged by Shanna Schwarz who then stepped on the bag to double up Reyes. The play ended the inning, but only delayed the Mountain Lions' hit parade.

CU-Colorado Springs got its big inning in the third - make that a huge inning. The Mountain Lions sent 11 hitters to plate, taking advantage of three Fort Lewis errors en route to scoring seven runs. The Mountain Lions added two more runs an inning later to go up 11-1. Fort Lewis scored two meaningless runs in the fifth.

The win, along with a Regis loss and a Game 2 cancellation because of high winds Sunday at Colorado State-Pueblo, drops the Mountain Lions magic number to clinch the regular season RMAC title to one. With the playoffs nearing, the Mountain Lions feel their wake up call came just in time.

"This is the best time for this to happen to us," said Wodniak. "We can't just look at (other teams) stats and think this is going to be a cake walk. We know what we have to do now."

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSo.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PJr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSr.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFSo.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFJr.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFSr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32IFFr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson321BSo.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFJr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFSR.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9IF/PJr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9P/OFSr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BJr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes13IFSo.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BSR
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