Mountain Lions win RMAC opner, spank Highlands

By Mike McNeely published April 30, 2004

So far so good.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs won its first game of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament as they run ruled the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls 9-1 Friday afternoon at 4-Diamonds Sports Complex.

The Mountain Lions came out and played like a number one seed should, bashing out nine hits in the five inning game.

Amber Colton was dialed in from the very beginning as she dominated the fourth seeded Cowgirls (23-22) holding them just three hits, all singles.

"(Colton) is a money pitcher," said coach Scott Peterson. "The bigger the game the better she gets."

Colton got the Mountain Lions their first ever win at the RMAC tournament during last season's opening round. Coincidentally that 4-1 win back on May 2, 2003 was also over New Mexico Highlands.

Colton struck out two batters in the first inning to set the tone for the game. The Mountain Lions got on the board an inning later.

Jennifer Dykstra led of the inning a single up the middle. Lindsay Shandera, who was 3-for-3 on the day, followed with a single to left. Dykstra came into score after Brenna Pool struck out but was able to advance to first after a passed ball on the third strike. Sarah Wodniak made it 2-0 with and RBI ground out.

CU-Colorado Springs added to its lead in the third when Shandera doubled home Crsytal Krebs. The score stayed 3-0 until New Mexico Highlands strung a couple hits together in the fifth, manufacturing a run to cut the CU-Colorado Springs lead to 3-1. The Mountain Lions answered back with a six spot in the bottom of the inning to end the game early.

Charlene Berg, Wodniak, and Kara Rainey all drove in runs in the inning before Brittni Carlson slammed the door with a two RBI single to center.

"We came out with a little bit of butterflies, its hard not to," said Peterson. "But this game shows that we're ready."

The Mountain Lions will take on second seeded Regis tomorrow morning at 4-D.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFSo.
Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFJr.
Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFSr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSo.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PJr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSr.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSSo.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSJr.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSSr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFSo.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFJr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey212BSr.
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.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera20IF/OFFr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSo.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BJr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSr.
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