Carlson's slam helps UCCS sweep CSU-Pueblo
Brittni Carlson hit two home runs, including her second grand slam in less than a week, as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs swept the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves 7-2 and 7-3 Wednesday evening at Mountain Lion Field.
Crystal Krebs also homered for the Mountain Lions (24-14, 18-9 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), a 320-foot blast to left center. It was her nation-leading 21st homer of the year and the second time she's cleared not only the 200-foot regulation fence, but also the 300-foot slow-pitch fence beyond.
Both of Carlson's shots Wednesday happened during the first game. The first was a two-run homer down the left field line in the second. An inning later, the junior from Erie, Colo., belted a grand slam to left center. On the day, Carlson, who also hit a grand slam against Regis on Sunday, was 4-for-6 with four runs scored and six RBIs.
"Brittni is on fire," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "Holy cow, she had six RBIs today and five on Sunday. Everything she's hitting is hard, even the outs."
Carlson's hot bat has helped give the Mountain Lions the RMAC's, and perhaps the nation's, most feared 3-4-5-6 batting order combination.
"It's nice to have protection for Crystal," said Peterson. "Lindsey's hitting (.365) and Brittni's hitting (.390) and you got Krebs in between them and it's really tough on opposing teams."
Add Jennifer Dykstra (.357) and tough becomes an understatement. The four have combined for 39 home runs and 163 RBIs. That's 4.29 RBIs per game.
Krebs' mammoth blast came in the fifth inning as long balls accounted for all seven runs UCCS managed against CSU-Pueblo starter Laura Henkel (5-6). Henkel struck out nine and for the most part kept the Mountain Lions off balance during her six innings of work, but was made to pay dearly for the occasional mistake.
"We won," said Peterson, "but it was unacceptable striking out nine times."
Amber Colton (14-3) scattered four hits and one walk to earn the win.
The Mountain Lions had more success against Game 2 starter Breanna Hedstrom (6-5) although it did not equate to more runs. UCCS had 12 hits, three walks and at least one baserunner in every inning.
"The second game we played much better," said Peterson. "Everybody hit much better the second game."
After CSU-Pueblo took the lead in the top of the first on a Melissa Perea RBI single, UCCS answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning as Shandera hit a two-run homer and freshman Jodi Berghorn added a two-run single.
Brianna Workman hit an RBI single and Shandera added a sacrifice fly in the third to extent the Mountain Lions' lead to 6-1. Dykstra added an RBI double in the fourth.
CSU-Pueblo (16-18, 13-13 RMAC) finally got to UCCS starter Brenna Pool (6-4) with two runs on four hits in the seventh, but didn't threaten the lead.
"Brenna and Amber both threw great," said Peterson. "Amber and Brenna threw terrific today "" absolutely terrific."
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