Mountain Lions take two behind Colton and Pool
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (4-5, 3-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) got stellar pitching performances from Amber Colton and Brenna Pool as the Mountain Lions swept the Adams State Grizzles (2-18, 0-6) 12-0, 3-2 Saturday in Alamosa.
Colton (2-2) was magnificent as CU-Colorado Springs whipped Adams State in Game 1.
Colton nearly became the first pitcher in school history to throw a no-hitter as she carried a no-no till two outs in the seventh inning. Adams' Mande Roark ended Colton's bid with a single to center. On the very next pitch Mountain Lion catcher Crystal Krebs snapped the ball down to first base, picking off Roark's pinch runner, Brandi Barsosa, to end the game.
Colton threw a brilliant game, striking out nine over her seven innings of work. She faced just one over the minimum as the only other Grizzlie to reach base beside Roark was Tawyna Weber who Colton hit with a pitch in the fourth.
CU-Colorado Springs' offense was equally as impressive.
The Mountain Lions exploded for 12 runs off of 17 hits. CU-Colorado Springs got production from everywhere in the lineup. Jennifer Dykstra drove in four runs, Kara Rainey drove in three. Charlene Berg went 4-for-4, Brittni Carlson 3-for-4, and Krebs went 2-for-4, hitting her first home run of the season.
The Mountain Lions got a run in the first inning when Carlson, Krebs, and Dykstra had two-outs singles. CU-Colorado Springs added two more in the second. Krebs led off the third with her roundtrip blast to center field. Later in the inning, Pool scored on a Berg double to put CU-Colorado Springs ahead 5-0.
As Colton continued to cruise, the Mountain Lions scored lone runs in the fifth and sixth before putting the game away with a five spot in the seventh.
After being shut out in the opener, Adams State jumped out to an early lead over CU-Colorado Springs in Game 2.
The Grizzlies took advantage of a Mountain Lion error to score two unearned runs off of Mountain Lions' starter Pool (2-3). Pool settled in and shut down Adams State from that point on. She retired 18 of the final 21 batters she faced, picking up her second win of the year.
CU-Colorado Springs trailed 2-0 until the top of the fourth when Dykstra led off the inning with a home run to left. It was Dykstra's second of the year and cut the lead to 2-1. The Mountain Lions took the lead on a wild play later in the inning. Lindsay Shandera and Stacy Oldham both scored on a misplayed ball off Rainey's bat.
Pool made the lead stand, not allowing an Adams State runner past first base the rest of the game.
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