Ritchie Shines in Sweep of Panhandle State

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 12, 2006

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 ‘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.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32IFFr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson321BSo.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFJr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFSR.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes13IFSo.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BJr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BSR
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera20IF/OFFr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSo.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BJr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSr.
Janine OtaJanine Ota10OF
Amanda RitchieAmanda Ritchie17PJr.
Amanda RitchieAmanda Ritchie17PJr.
Kym CadeKym Cade9P
Brittany CusumanoBrittany Cusumano5OF
Savannah LedfordSavannah Ledford24SS
Nicole LinkNicole Link00C/IFSo.
Nicole LinkNicole Link00C/IFSo.
Brianna WorkmanBrianna Workman4OFFr.
Brianna WorkmanBrianna Workman4OFFr.
Brianna WorkmanBrianna Workman4OFFr.
Brianna WorkmanBrianna Workman4OFFr.
Additional News Stories
November 9, 2006Softball Team Signs ThreeThe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent Thursday. The new additions for the 2008 season are Lindsey Zastrow of Papillion La Vista High School in Omaha, Sarah McCauley of ThunderRidge High School and Amanda Hathaway of Liberty High School.
October 2, 2006UCCS, Rip-It Elite Agree to Bat DealThe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball program announced an agreement with Rip-It Elite on Monday to be one of the few Division II teams to receive the company's equipment for the 2007 season.
September 29, 2006UCCS Softball Tops RMAC in AcademicsThe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team was the top academic program in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2005-06 and was among the top 50 in the nation according to a National Fastpitch Coaches' Association report that was published Thursday.
September 11, 2006Peterson Home Gets Unexpected VisitorsUniversity of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball coach Scott Peterson had a couple of unusual visitors at his home this past week - a pair of bear cubs.
August 10, 2006UCCS Softball Camps Continue to GrowSouthern Colorado's largest softball camp, which took place Aug. 7-10 at Mountain Lion Field on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus, had another successful turnout with approximately 101 campers in attendance.
Visit our Facebook pageVisit the UCCS Mount Lion's Twitter pageVisit the UCCS Mountain Lions Youtube pageVisit UCCS Rss feeds