Softball advances to regional semifinals
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.
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