Split Halts Six-Game UCCS Win Streak

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 2, 2005

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.

“We just didn't score any runs from the third inning of first game on,” said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. “We were doing well and then go back down again.”

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.

“I am very hopeful we get two (Sunday) and then we should be ok,” said Peterson, “but we need the two.”

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