Ritchie Shines in Sweep of Panhandle State
COLORADO SPRINGS - Amanda Ritchie pitched nine scoreless innings, earning a win and a save, as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team improved to 13-1 with a 5-0, 8-3 sweep of the Oklahoma Panhandle State Lady Aggies Sunday at Mountain Lion Field.
Ritchie faced just one batter above the minimum in a two-hit shutout in the opener. The senior from Machesney Park, Ill., struck out seven, had four assists on comebackers and walked none. She came back in the nightcap to pitch two scoreless innings with one hit and three strikeouts.
A transfer from Division I Illinois-Chicago, Ritchie has been dominant so far this season. After struggling with her control in 2005, she has struck out 53 while walking only six in 42 innings so far this season. Ritchie is 6-1 with a 2.33 ERA.
Freshman shortstop Savannah Ledford was the hitting star for the Mountain Lions on Sunday. The freshman from Loveland, Colo., went 4-for-7 with a double, a home run and three RBIs.
It was Ledford's two-run homer, her first career dinger, in the opener that gave UCCS a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Ledford's blast represented most of the success the Mountain Lions could manage against Panhandle State starter Adrianne Sandall (0-7), who kept UCCS off balance by peddling more junk than a â€˜Sanford and Sonâ€TM marathon.
Lindsay Shandera and Brittni Carlson added back-to-back homer runs in the sixth inning for UCCS.
In Game 2, the Mountain Lions were able to spot freshman starter Kym Cade (2-0) with a 5-0 lead. Carlson has an RBI groundout in the first inning and Sarah Cleland belted a solo home run in the second. UCCS added three in the third on a Janine Ota RBI single, a Ledford double that scored Ota and a Sonia Reyes single that plated Ledford.
Rachael Hughes hit a two-run double for Panhandle State (0-19) in the four inning to give the Lady Aggies their first runs of the game. Krystal Comeaux added an RBI double an inning later.
Ritchie relieved Cade in the sixth and retired six of the seven batters she faced.
UCCS added runs on a Brittany Cusumano RBI triple and a Nicole Link RBI double against Panhandle State starter Kindall Moon (0-3).
Brianna Workman was 3-for-6 and scored twice for UCCS. Carlson was 2-for-5 with three RBIs as eight different Mountain Lions drove in runs.
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