Split Halts Six-Game UCCS Win Streak
Anne Manning hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers a 2-1 victory in the second game of Saturdayâ€TMs doubleheader at Harvey Park and put an end to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springsâ€TM six-game winning streak. The Mountain Lions won the opening game of the four-game set in Kearney, Neb., 6-2.
The teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday.
Manning, a 6-0 lefty who also plays basketball, belted a shot to right center Saturday that just cleared the temporary fence, which is just over five feet tall. Her shot helped UNK freshman pitcher Kristin Muehling (3-4) win her pitcherâ€TMs duel against UCCSâ€TM Brenna Pool (2-4).
The two pitchers combined to allow only one earned run, Manningâ€TMs homer, on 14 scattered hits.
The Mountain Lions (12-12, 6-7 RMAC) put on a clutch hitting display in the opener, scoring all six of their runs with two outs.
In the first inning, Lindsay Shandera drew a two-out walk. Crystal Krebs followed with a single and Brittni Carlson drew another walk off of Lopers starter Breanna Bowers (1-6). Jennifer Dykstra belted an opposite-field double to score all three runners.
With a runner on first and two out in the second inning, Kara Rainey and Brianna Workman each drew a walk. Shanderaâ€TMs single to left scored two more.
Sarah Cleland hit an RBI single in the fifth to provide UCCSâ€TM final run.
Amber Colton (7-2) pitched a four-hit complete game to earn the win for the Mountain Lions.
â€œWe just didn't score any runs from the third inning of first game on,â€ said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. â€œWe were doing well and then go back down again.â€
In the second game, Nebraska-Kearney )7-18, 7-13 RMAC) opened the scoring with an unearned run in the first without hitting a ball out of the infield. Michelle Gaunt led off with a bunt single and went to third when Amanda Hitt reached on a throwing error by UCCS freshman third Baseman Anna Berngard. Gaunt scored when Manning grounded out to second.
Berngard was starting for Sonia Reyes, who was injured in Wednesdayâ€TMs win over Regis.
UCCS scored an unearned run in the fourth after Dykstra led off with a single and took second after the ball wasn't fielded cleanly in the outfield. She advanced to third on a ground out, then scored by beating the throw home on Kaleigh Beekmanâ€TMs fielderâ€TMs choice.
Dykstra went 2-for-3 in both games while Carlson combined to go 3-for-6 and Rainey went 2-for-4. No other Mountain Lion managed more than one hit.
â€œI am very hopeful we get two (Sunday) and then we should be ok,â€ said Peterson, â€œbut we need the two.â€
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