Mountain Lions Earn Double Honor

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 3, 2006

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball players Brittni Carlson and Amanda Ritchie were named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferenceâ€TMs softball player and pitcher of the week, the conference announced Friday.

Carlson was named the RMAC player of the week after posting almost comically high numbers in the Mountain Lionsâ€TM four-game sweep of New Mexico Highlands. The senior from Erie, Colo., went 11-for-13 with five doubles, three home runs, eight runs scored and 19 RBIs. She set new UCCS records for RBIs in a four-game series and RBIs over any four consecutive games.

Ritchie received pitcher of the week recognition after earning three wins against Highlands. The senior from Machesney Park, Ill., pitched a complete-game victory in the series opener on Feb. 25, then took a no hitter into the fifth inning in the first game the next day before settling for a 12-2 win. She came back in the nightcap to earn a third win in relief. For the weekend, Ritchie allowed 16 hits and two walks while striking out 16 in 14 innings pitched.

The announcement marked the third time UCCS players had earned both the player and pitcher of the week awards in the same week. Carlson and Amber Colton were so honored for the week of Feb. 16, 2005, while Crystal Krebs and Brenna Pool received the dual honors for the week of April 3, 2004.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PJr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSo.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson321BSo.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32IFFr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFJr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFSR.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9IF/PJr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9P/OFSr.
Amanda RitchieAmanda Ritchie17PJr.
Amanda RitchieAmanda Ritchie17PJr.
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