Krebs Slam Helps UCCS Avoid Sweep
GRAND JUNCTION â€" Crystal Krebs hit a grand slam to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 9-1 victory in the opening game of Sundayâ€TMs doubleheader and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Mesa State Mavericks.
Mesa State came back to win Game 2 10-2 as the Mavericks won three of the four games played this weekend.
The opener was all UCCS. Brittni Carlson belted a solo home run in the second inning to open the scoring. The Mountain Lions increased the lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning behind a pair of two-out RBI singles by Jennifer Dykstra and Sarah Cleland.
The next inning began with an Amber Colton double to the right-center field fence. Kara Rainey followed with a single to right, then Sarah Wodniak pushed a bunt between pitcher Crystal Ventimiglia and third baseman Tiffany Moses to load the bases. One batter later, Krebs smashed Ventimigliaâ€TMs first pitch well over the fence in left center.
Dykstra added a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to complete the scoring.
Colton (3-1) had her finest start of the season allowing one run on five hits and striking out eight.
The elation of the Mountain Lionsâ€TM Game 1 rout was erased when the Mavericks returned the favor in Game 2.
Kara Rainey opened the game with a single, advanced to second on Wodniakâ€TMs sacrifice bunt, then advanced to third in Lindsay Shanderaâ€TMs ground out. Krebs belted a single to center field to score Rainey, the scored herself on a Carlson double following a passed ball.
Mesa State answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. During the rally, only one ball â€" a Shelby Meilinger home run â€" left the infield. The Mavericks added five more runs in a fourth inning that was interrupted by an hour-long rain delay.
After the delay, Mesa State got four consecutive hits off of UCCS starter Amanda Ritchie (1-2) to blow the game open.
The optimism generated by the Game 1 blowout only made the Game 2 collapse that much more puzzling to coaches and players alike. On the bus afterward, coach Scott Peterson addressed the team.
â€œThereâ€TMs nothing we can do about these games,â€ said Peterson in reference to the 1-3 record during the series. â€œTheyâ€TMre in the past now.â€
Then he put things in perspective.
â€œWe still love this team,â€ he told his players. â€œItâ€TMs our job as coaches to love all of you. Itâ€TMs your job as players to love each other.â€
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