Mountain Lions win RMAC opner, spank Highlands
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.
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