UCCS Rally Falls Short

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 23, 2005

KISIMMEE, Fla. - A sixth-inning rally fell short Wednesday as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs dropped its fourth straight game 9-7 to the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats.

UCCS' morning game against Pace was cancelled because of rain.

Trailing 9-5, UCCS (6-11) put runners on second and third with one out thanks to a single by Sonia Reyes and a double by Kara Rainey. After pinch hitter Charlene Berg struck out, Lindsay Shandera drilled a two-run single to left field.

That brought Crystal Krebs, who already had a single and a two-run home run, to the plate. After two called wide strikes, Krebs was forced to protect when a third outside pitch was thrown by Bearcats starter Shelly MacDonald (9-2). Her grounder was fielded by second baseman Katy John and the threat was ended.

The Mountain Lions put runners on first and second with one out in the seventh inning as well, but were unable to capitalize.

Sandra Reyes was rocked in her first collegiate start, allowing eight runs â€" all earned â€" on eight hits with five walks in her 3 2/3 innings of work.

The painful truth is that this was UCCSâ€TM game until the fourth inning, when the Bearcats strung together five hits, two walks and a botched fielderâ€TMs choice into a six-run backbreaker. By the time Amber Colton came on to get the final out, Northwest Missouri State (16-9) had turned a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 rout.

After the game, the frustration of losing seven of their past eight games was apparent on the faces of the Mountain Lionsâ€TM players. So was the emotional toll.

“I donâ€TMt really know what to say about that,” said senior outfielder Sarah Wodniak about the teamâ€TMs state of mind. “Mentally, weâ€TMre strong. Weâ€TMre playing together.”

Then she paused to mull the question. Behind her, another player was choking back tears.

“Weâ€TMre down after a loss, but weâ€TMll come back strong,” she said.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFSo.
Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFJr.
Charlene BergCharlene Berg1OFSr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSo.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PJr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFSo.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFJr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey212BSr.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFSo.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFJr.
Sarah WodniakSarah Wodniak24OFSr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22IFJr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22CSr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes13IFSo.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BJr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BSR
Sandra ReyesSandra Reyes11PJr.
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