Krebs Slam Helps UCCS Avoid Sweep

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 20, 2005

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.

“Thereâ€TMs nothing we can do about these games,” said Peterson in reference to the 1-3 record during the series. “Theyâ€TMre in the past now.”

Then he put things in perspective.

“We still love this team,” he told his players. “Itâ€TMs our job as coaches to love all of you. Itâ€TMs your job as players to love each other.”

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSo.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PJr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSr.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSSo.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSJr.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSSr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFSo.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFJr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey212BSr.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFSo.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFJr.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFSr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32IFFr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson321BSo.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFJr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFSR.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22IFJr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22CSr.
Amanda RitchieAmanda Ritchie17PJr.
Amanda RitchieAmanda Ritchie17PJr.
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