Softball advances to regional semifinals

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 8, 2004

SAN ANTONIO - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs extended its run at the NCAA Division II Regional Softball Tournament by defeating the Tarleton State TexAnns 5-3 Saturday in an elimination game.

The Mountain Lions (38-12) will get a rematch against St. Mary's Saturday at approximately 1:30 p.m. (12:30 MST). On Thursday, the Lady Rattlers handed CU-Colorado Springs its only loss of the tournament. The winner will go on to play the tournament's only unbeaten team, Angelo State.

Amber Colton (20-6) was again brilliant, holding Tarleton State (30-17) to three runs, one earned, on five hits.

The Mountain Lions got o the board first without hitting a ball out of the infield off of Tarleton State starter Amy Bristow (16-12). With one out in the second inning, Lindsay Shandera, Jennifer Dykstra and Charlene Berg hit back-to-back-to-back infield singles. Shandera scored on Brenna Pool's RBI ground out.

The TexAnns threatened in both the second and fourth innings, getting their first two runners on base without an out. Each time, Colton and the CU-Colorado Springs defense shut them down.

CU-Colorado Springs hit into three double plays in the first four innings, two on line drives.

There were no double plays in the fifth, though, only sloppy defense. Charlene Berg opened the inning with an infield single, CU-Colorado Springs' fifth of the game. One
out later, Sarah Wodniak reached on a throwing error, moving Berg to second. Kara Rainey hit a shot to the left side that Tarleton State shortstop Amanda Smith knocked down while diving to her right. Smith scrambled to her knees, but her hurried throw went over third baseman Amber Bue's head. Berg scored, while Wodniak ended up at third and Rainey stopped at second.

Sonia Reyes followed with a two-run double to left center that put the Mountain Lions up 4-0. Shandera made it 5-0 with an RBI single to score Reyes.

Tarleton State spoiled Colton's shutout on Neva Parrott's RBI ground out in the sixth, which scored Amanda Smith. The TexAnns added two unearned runs in the seventh helped by a pair of CU-Colorado Springs errors.

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.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9IF/PJr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9P/OFSr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes13IFSo.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BJr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BSR
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera20IF/OFFr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSo.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BJr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSr.
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