CU-Colorado Springs takes two from Mesa
Sometimes the best things come when you least expect them.
With the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs trailing the Mesa State Mavericks 4-2 in with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Sonia Reyes delivered a dramatic two-run home run to tie the game. The Mountain Lions went on to win 5-4 then completed the sweep with a 11-5 victory in Game 2.
Reyes, who came into the game hitting just .048, belted Maverick pitcher Stacy Dennis' pitch over the fence in left center, causing the Mountain Lion bench and the crowd of 167 to erupt into jubilation.
The homer also caused the momentum to swing back into the direction of the Mountain Lions.
"(Reyes') hit was huge," said CU-Colorado Springs' coach Scott Peterson. "It turned the tables."
Before Reyes' blast, Dennis had been cruising. After giving up a pair of unearned runs in the first inning, she retired 17 of the next 19 Mountain Lions hitters before surrendering a one-out single to Brenna Pool in the seventh. Pool scored on Reyes' home run, and then came through with a clutch hit of her own an inning later.
With two outs and runners on the corners, Pool singled home Sarah Wodniak to give the Mountain Lions the 5-4 win.
"I was seeing the ball really well today," said Pool who went a combined 4-for-8 on the day. "I knew they were going to go with a change-up, I saw it coming and just sat back on it and drove it."
Amber Colton (5-2) picked up the win for the Mountain Lions. Colton pitched eight solid innings, giving up just one earned run while striking out nine.
The momentum the Mountain Lions got from winning the emotional contest carried over into Game 2.
CU-Colorado Springs batted around in the bottom of the first, banging out five runs off seven hits. Mesa State answered with a big inning of its own in the second.
Five of the first six Maverick hitters reached, and just like that the Mountain Lions lead had been trimmed to 5-3. Mesa State seemed to be in prime position to add a couple more as they had the bases loaded with one out. CU-Colorado Springs got out of the inning on perhaps one of the most bizarre plays to ever take place on a softball diamond.
At the plate with a 2-1 count, Mesa State's Leslie Reed took the next pitch outside for ball three. She then promptly tossed her bat towards the dug out and headed down to first base as if she had received ball four. Each of Mesa's three base runners followed suit, seemingly believing the Reed had drawn a walk. Jennifer Bracken made her way from third to home, walking as if the play were dead. Mountain Lion catcher Crystal Krebs, who still had the ball in her glove, reached out and tagged Bracken two steps in front of the plate for the second out of the inning. Krebs wasn't sure if the batter had just simply forgotten the count, or if it was just some sort of botched trick-play.
"Maybe they were trying to catch me off guard, but I knew what the count was," said Krebs. "When that girl came home I just tagged her out."
After tagging Bracken out, Krebs threw the ball away while trying to get it back to Pool, her pitcher. With the ball loose in the infield, Mesa State's Ashley Langdon, who had just moved up from second to third, bolted home. Kara Rainey picked the ball up and gunned it back to Krebs, who tagged out her second runner at the plate in the span of about seven seconds.
"It was a crazy play," said Krebs. "But it got us out of the inning."
The Mountain Lions got a run back in the bottom of the second when Jennifer Dykstra singled in Brittni Carlson to put CU-Colorado Springs up 6-3. Mesa State cut the lead to 6-5 with two runs in the third. The score stayed that way until CU-Colorado Springs exploded with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.
Colton picked up the win in Game 2 as well, throwing the final four innings. Colton allowed just a pair of singles as she shut the Mavericks down.
Peterson was pleased after the game, knowing how big the wins are for his team, but he was quick to point out the weekend is far from over.
"This is a good team we beat, but we can't settle for two (wins)," said Peterson. "We have to go out and get two more tomorrow."
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