Mountain Lions run out of gas

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 8, 2004

NOTE: The regional tournament wrap up will be posted Sunday evening.

SAN ANTONIO - Charlene Berg hit her seventh home run of the season, but that was the lone highlight for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as the exhausted Mountain Lions were eliminated from the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament 9-1 Saturday evening.

The loss ended CU-Colorado Springs' season at 39-12, the most wins and the best winning percentage of any team, in any sport, in school history.

Catcher Crystal Krebs, pitcher Amber Colton and third baseman Sonia Reyes were named to the all-tournament team.

The Mountain Lions came into the Saturday's final contest sore and exhausted from two previous games the same day in the Texas heat. Angelo State, playing its first game of the day and only its third of the tournament, took full advantage. Brenna Pool (19-6) had trouble finding the strike zone, issuing three walks in the first inning. Also, CU-Colorado Springs' tired legs were a factor in a Kara Rainey error that kept the inning alive. The result: three unearned Angelo State runs on two unimpressive hits.

In the second, Alexis Wing led off with a walk, stole second and scored on a double by Michelle Hoffman. With Pool struggling, CU-Colorado Springs coach Scott Peterson was forced to turn again to Amber Colton, who had already pitched 9 1/3 innings on the day and 26 1/3 for the tournament.

Colton pitched 2 1/3 courageous innings before giving way to Liz Hahn, who had pitched in only one game previously this season.

Angelo State starter Claudia Lopez (22-5), meanwhile, had no problem throwing strikes. She retired nine of the first 11 CU-Colorado Springs hitter she faced, eight by strikeout. In all, she allowed only two hits and three walks in five innings while striking out 10.

The RamBelles (43-10) put the game away in the bottom of the fourth on Cat Moreno's 11th home run of the season, a deep grand slam to left center.

Angelo State advanced to the national tournament, which begins Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

The Mountain Lions committed a season-high four errors and walked six batters.

Berg's homer in the fifth provided the Mountain Lions' only offense.

All-Tournament Team
Following the conclusion of the tournament, 13 players were selected to the 2004 NCAA Division II Softball South Central Regional All-Tournament Team: Pitchers Claudia Lopez of Angleo State and Amber Colton of UC-Colorado Springs; Catcher Krystal Krebs of UC-Colorado Springs; Infielders Jennifer Collins of Texas Woman's, Kym Kling of St. Mary's, Sonia Reyes of UC-Colorado Springs and Alexis Wing of Angelo State; Outfielders Monica Garza of Tarleton State, Pam Salinas of St. Mary's and Michelle Hoffman of Angelo State; At-Large selectees Rachael Jackson of Midwestern State and Brittny Ernst of St. Mary's; and Designated Player Cat Moreno of Angelo State. Angelo State's Claudia Lopez was named the regional tournament's most valuable player.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFSo.
Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFJr.
Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFSr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSo.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PJr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFSo.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFJr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey212BSr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22IFJr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22CSr.
Liz HahnLiz Hahn12IFFr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9IF/PJr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9P/OFSr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes13IFSo.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BJr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BSR
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