Reyes' Clutch Hit Seals Win

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 25, 2006

Sonia Reyes belted a clutch, bases-clearing double in the top of the seventh inning as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs edged Adams State 6-5 and completed a two-game sweep of the Grizzlies Saturday at ASC Softball Field.

The Mountain Lions entered the final inning behind 4-3, thanks in large part to an inspired pitching performance by Adams State starter Megan Roberts (6-9). Lindsay Shandera and Brittni Carlson led off with walks before Janine Ota reached on an error to load the bases. Nicole Link, who was clutch in both games going a combined 3-for-7 with five RBIs, was unable to deliver this time and popped out to the catcher. Reyes followed by drilling a two-strike pitch to the fence in left center, clearing the bases and giving UCCS (18-1, 9-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) a 6-4 lead.

“Iâ€TMve been working a lot on my swing and I feel like Iâ€TMm seeing the ball really good,” said Reyes. “She gave me my favorite pitch â€" inside high.”

But the drama was far from over. The Grizzlies (8-18, 6-8 RMAC) loaded the bases on the bottom half of the inning, putting UCCS pitcher Amanda Ritchie, who had relieved starter Kym Cade in the fifth inning, in a bind. After walking Mandie Roark to close the gap to 6-5, Ritchie, who also pitched a complete game shutout in the opener, found another gear.

“That last inning, everything just shut down out there and focused on that glove,” said Ritchie sounding a lot like Bagger Vance describing ‘The Field.â€TM

And like Captain Junuh, Ritchie zoned in. She induced a popup by Lacey Wooley, and then overpowered Kim Ensey for her fourth strikeout of the game and her 18th on the day.

“It was a happy day that ended on a K,” said Ritchie, who had morphed from movie character to poet.

UCCSâ€TM other runs came on a Carlson RBI single in the third inning and a two-run double by Link in the fifth. Adams Stateâ€TMs runs had come by way of two-run homers by Kira Zeitzer and Barbi Scott.

The game could prove to be a turning point for the Mountain Lions, who had not previously been pushed into a seventh-inning comeback or been so tested to old a final-inning lead.

“I could hear people telling me to use my heart,” said Reyes, describing the encouragement she received from the UCCS fan contingent prior to her game-winning hit. “I just have so much heart in this team. I wouldnâ€TMt have scored anybody if they hadnâ€TMt got on (base). Thanks to my teammates I was able to come up and get the clutch hit.”

And thanks to that clutch hit, the Mountain Lions are 18-1.

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Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32IFFr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson321BSo.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFJr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFSR.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes13IFSo.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BJr.
Sonia ReyesSonia Reyes133BSR
Amanda RitchieAmanda Ritchie17PJr.
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Nicole LinkNicole Link00C/IFSo.
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