Mountain Lions keep on rolling, take two from Orediggers

By Mike McNeely published March 20, 2004

Scott Peterson knew the Mountain Lions were going to be good. But he never expected this.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (14-5 13-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) pushed its school record win streak to 12 games Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of the Colorado Mines Orediggers (16-9, 7-5) in Castle Rock. The Mountain Lions took Game 1 5-3 then blew out Mines 14-0 in Game 2.

"In my wildest dreams I couldn't have imagined this," said Peterson."We are on an incredible roll right now."

Crystal Krebs hit her sixth and seventh home runs, tying Sachie Iwaishi's single season school record. Krebs, who is hitting a team-high .476, has hit her seven dingers in just 52 plate appearances

The Mountain Lions broke a scoreless tie in Game 1 with a three-run second inning. All three runs scored with two outs. Sonia Reyes drove in Brenna Pool and then scored on a Kara Rainey single.

After Mines got a run off Amber Colton (8-2) in the second, Krebs hit her first homer of the day in the third to put CU-Colorado Springs up 4-1. The Mountain Lions got another run in the sixth when Reyes doubled home Charlene Berg.

Reyes has been as hot as anyone lately. Over the past eight games she as raised her average by 200 points.

Colorado Mines made it interesting in the bottom of sixth when Melanie Mahoney cut the lead to 5-3 with a two-run home run. Colton retired the final six batters in succession, four by strikeout.

Pool (9-2) got the ball in Game 2 and pitched her third straight shutout, scattering seven hits over five inning of work.

"(Pool) has been doing a great job hitting her spots," said Peterson "She has been so solid the last three or four games."

Krebs hit her second homer to put CU-Colorado Springs up 2-0 in the first. Pool opened the second inning with her first home run. The Mountain Lions went on to score six more times in the inning to put the game away.

Trailing 10-0 in the fourth, Mines loaded the bases with no outs. Pool got out of the inning unscathed.

"That proved our defense can stay tough and get the job done," said Pool

The first two batters reached for Mines in the fifth. Pool again slammed the door, getting the next three hitters.

It was the fourth time in their past six games that the Mountain Lions have had their game halted early by the NCAA's eight-run mercy rule.

"These are not bad teams we are playing," said Peterson "To get off to a start like this is a lot of fun."

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFSo.
Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFJr.
Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFSr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSo.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PJr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFSo.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFJr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey212BSr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22IFJr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22CSr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9IF/PJr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9P/OFSr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BSR
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BJr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes13IFSo.
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