Lions Drop Pair in Phoenix

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 18, 2005

Major League baseball players play a full month against live competition to hone their batting eye. Softball teams that play in Colorado have no such luxury.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs dropped a pair of games Friday at the RMAC/Lone Star Classic, getting beaten by the Midwestern State Indians and the Incarnate Word Cardinals by identical 3-1 scores.

Both Midwestern State and Incarnate Word were playing their 10th games of the season. CU-Colorado Springs was playing its second and third games. Rust or not, the losses will almost certainly call into question the validity of the Mountain Lions No. 7 national ranking.

“The only thing Iâ€TMm glad about is that weâ€TMre playing this way in February instead of May,” said CU-Colorado Springs coach Scott Peterson.

In the opener, Midwestern Stateâ€TMs Brittany Willson held CU-Colorado Springs to one hit, a single by Kara Rainey in the first inning. Willson used a sharp riser and a deceptive changeup to keep CU-Colorado Springs hitters off-balance.

“She threw well,” said CU-Colorado Springs coach Scott Peterson, who acknowledged that not having faced opposing pitchers made it tough on the Mountain Lions. “We donâ€TMt have anyone on our staff who throws like that.”

“She threw a great game, we just didnâ€TMt adjust. In the past, we usually adjusted by the second time through the (batting) order.”

CU-Colorado Springs had its chances. In the first inning, Raineyâ€TMs single plus walks by Lindsay Shandera and Crystal Krebs loaded the bases with one out. A pop up and a strikeout ended the threat without any damage to the Indians. CU-Colorado Springs would regret the lost opportunity.

CU-Colorado Springs starter Brenna Pool held Midwestern State (4-6) hitless for three innings and scoreless for four, but three consecutive hits in the fifth inning put the Indians on the board. A two-run homer by Rachael Jackson in the sixth made it 3-0.

The Mountain Lions mounted a rally in the seventh when Jennifer Dykstra singled, advanced to second on a fielderâ€TMs choice, then scored on Anna Berngardâ€TMs single. Berngard was thrown out at home following a bizarre series of misplayed throws, though, and the threat petered out.

In the second game, Jennifer Reed gave CU-Colorado Springs a sense of déjà vu. A year ago in Las Vegas, Reed shut out the Mountain Lions on a single hit. Friday, she shut them down again, allowing one run on two hits.

Berngard got her second RBI of the day with a solo homer to left field in the fifth inning.

Incarnate Word (4-6) was finally able to get to CU-Colorado Springs starter Kaliegh Beekman, who had given up only one hit to that point, in the bottom of the fifth. Melissa Perez singled and was lifted for pinch runner Jennifer Cruz. Cruz scored on Amanda Mayfieldâ€TMs double.

Patty Madera hit a two-run, two-out homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to drop the Mountain Lions to 1-2 on the season.

CU-Colorado Springsâ€TM scheduled third game Friday against Texas Womanâ€TMs was postponed because of rain.

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