Mountain Lions split with Mines
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions did something Sunday that they hadn't done in nearly a month. They lost a game.
CU-Colorado Springs (15-6, 14-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) had its 12-game winning streak snapped by the Colorado Mines Orediggers (17-10, 8-6) at Metzler Park in Castle Rock. The Mountain Lions lost 2-1 in Game 1, but recovered to win Game 2 8-3 in eight innings.
The Mountain Lions found themselves down early in Game 1 when Beth Skidmore led off the bottom of the first with a home run to left. The Orediggers added an unearned run on a Brianna Brennan double to go up 2-0.
The game turned into a pitcher's duel as Amber Colton and Melanie Mahoney blanked opposing hitters for the next five innings.
Mahoney (10-3) won the duel allowing one run off of seven hits. Colton (9-3) picked up the loss despite allowing just one hit after the first inning.
The Mountain Lions did manage to make it interesting in the seventh. After Mahoney retired the first two batters, Sonia Reyes and Kara Rainey hit back-to-back doubles to cut the lead to 2-1. With the tying run at second base, Mahoney ended the game by getting Colton to ground out to first.
The loss was the first for the Mountain Lions since falling 2-0 to Fort Hays State on Feb 28.
CU-Colorado Springs got on the board first in Game 2. Jennifer Dykstra led of the inning with a single through the right side and later scored on an error. Colorado Mines tied the game 1-1 in the third.
CU-Colorado Springs took the lead back an inning later. Crystal Krebs led off the inning with a double to left center. Dykstra drove her in with a double of her own.. It was Dykstra's team-leading 24th RBI and put the Mountain Lions up 2-1.
The Mountain Lions made it 3-1 in the sixth when pinch runner Megan Cushman scored on a two out single by Brenna Pool.
The score stayed that way till two outs in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on second and third, Skidmore singled to right to tie the game. After Pool ended the inning by getting Andi Eickelman to pop up, the Mountain Lions didn't wait long to get their lead back.
The first five hitters in the eighth inning reached safely for the Mountain Lions off of Mahoney, who also pitched Game 2 for the Orediggers. The Mountain Lions built a 6-3 before the Orediggers could record an out. The floodgates broke wide open when Kara Rainey belted a two-out two-RBI triple to put CU-Colorado Springs up 8-3. Pool took care of business in the bottom of the inning to end the game and improve her record to 7-3.
Despite the streak coming to an end, the Mountain Lions are headed to a non-conference spring break tournament in Arizona with sole possession of first place in the RMAC.
And that something they haven't done, well, ever.
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