Shandera's Record Day Lifts UCCS Past Regis
Lindsay Shandera tied the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs school record by driving in seven runs Wednesday to lift the Mountain Lions to a 9-6 victory over the Regis Rangers.
Shandera hit a three-run double in the third inning that hit six inches from the top of the fence in left center. She found those six inches and several feet more in the sixth inning when she hit a two-out grand slam.
â€œI like hitting with runners on base,â€ said Shandera. â€œI have fun in those situations.â€
UCCS coach Scott Peterson couldnâ€TMt have been happier to have Shandera at bat in with so much on the line. The sophomore is 4-for-5 in bases loaded situations this season.
â€œThat kid is on fire with runners on,â€ said Peterson. â€œI donâ€TMt know what it is. Her attitude at the plate always seems the same, but when she gets runners on â€" the kid just comes through.â€
Shandera just laughed off her record performance, which was fitting because thatâ€TMs how she plays the game.
â€œMy approach is basically just having fun up there,â€ said Shandera. â€œI donâ€TMt like thinking in the (batterâ€TMs) box at all. I clear my mind, start laughing about something and I go up and hit the ball. I hit the ball better when Iâ€TMm relaxed.â€
To be able to relax on Wednesday was nothing short of amazing. Both of Shanderaâ€TMs hits came with two outs and two strikes.
â€œMy comfort zone is two strikes,â€ said Shandera. â€œMost of my at bats I go pretty deep in the count. I like having two strikes on me.â€
Crystal Krebs added a solo home run off of Regis starter Nicole Breeding (8-2) in UCCSâ€TM five-run sixth that gave the Mountain Lions a 9-2 lead.
But the long sixth inning had an unwelcome side effect. UCCS starting pitcher Amber Colton, who had been brilliant through six innings, struggled when she came out in the seventh.
â€œWhen itâ€TMs cold, Amber struggles a little bit with her back,â€ said Peterson of Colton, who has had back problems since childhood. â€œWe let her go one batter too many.â€
Regis put together a four-run rally in the seventh off Colton, who had allowed only two runs, one earned, going into the inning.
â€œ(Colton) threw great for six innings and she was still throwing hard in the seventh,â€ said Peterson. â€œWe were never really worried because we knew we had Brenna Pool ready to go.â€
Pool came in to get the final two outs and end the game.
It was the fifth straight win for UCCS (11-11). The loss halted a two-game win streak for Regis (17-6).
Mariah Piper went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for the Rangers, while Sharita Richmond, Michelle Johnston and Lindzy Molinaro each added a pair of hits.
â€œWeâ€TMre going to see (Regis) down the road,â€ said Peterson. â€œTheyâ€TMre going to be (among the RMAC leaders) for a while. Theyâ€TMre a very good team.â€
Shandera, Krebs, Kara Rainey and Sarah Cleland each had two hits for UCCS (11-11).
Although both schools are members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Wednesdayâ€TMs game was nonconference. The teams will meet again on April 16-17 in games that will count towards their RMAC records.
Game 2 of the scheduled doubleheader was canceled because of snow.
While Shandera was Wednesdayâ€TMs star, nearly every player in the lineup has made a key contribution during the winning streak.
â€œWe like the way weâ€TMre playing right now,â€ said Peterson. â€œWeâ€TMre getting hits when we need them and the pitchingâ€TMs coming around. We feel much better about where our team is right now than we did a month ago.â€
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