Mountain Lions sweep Mavericks, remain atop RMAC standings
On Saturday the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team proved it could beat perennial Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference powerhouse Mesa State.
On Sunday the Mountain Lions proved they could dominate them.
CU-Colorado Springs (10-5, 9-1 RMAC) blew out Mesa State (12-10, 10-6 RMAC) 9-1 in Game 1 and 8-0 in Game 2 to complete a four-game weekend sweep.
Both games ended prior to the seventh inning because of the NCAA's eight-run mercy rule.
"This feels awesome," said Kara Rainey who went a combined 6-for-8 Sunday with four RBI. Her head coach shared her thoughts.
"(Mesa State) is one of the best teams in the RMAC every year," said Scott Peterson. "To take four from them is a lot of fun."
The Mountain Lions offense lit up Mesa State pitching like a firecracker. CU-Colorado Springs smashed 29 hits on the day, nine of which were for extra bases.
The wins pushed the Mountain Lions' win streak to eight.
Amber Colton (6-2) got the ball in Game 1 and, after giving up a run in the first, was lights out. Colton gave up just four hits and struck out nine as she pitched her seventh complete game of the year.
For the weekend Colton was nearly untouchable. She went 3-0 with a 0.77 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 18 innings of work.
With the Mountain Lions down 1-0 in the second, Crystal Krebs tied the game with her fourth home run of the season. The Mountain Lions added two more runs in the third on back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Krebs and Jennifer Dykstra.
As Colton continued to baffle the Mavericks, the Mountain Lions put another run on the board in the third then put the game away with five runs in the sixth.
Game 2 was close, well, for an inning it was.
Dykstra put the Mountain Lions 2-0 up in the second with her third home run of the year. CU-Colorado Springs was far from done. Before the inning was over, the Mountain Lions scored seven runs off eight hits.
Brenna Pool (4-3) got the win, pitching her first shutout of the season. Pool allowed just four hits and struck out five. She pitched her way out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth to preserve the shutout.
CU-Colorado Springs ended the game in the sixth when Rainey singled home Lindsay Shandera to put the Mountain Lions up 8-0.
Dykstra, who added three more RBI to her team leading total of 20, knows the sweep will earn the Mountain Lions some respect.
"I think Mesa came in here thinking they were the better, said Dykstra. "Today we showed them otherwise."
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