Ritchie Matches Own Strikeout Record
ALAMOSA â€" Apparently, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs record book isnâ€TMt big enough for Amanda Ritchie.
Ritchie broke the Adams State record for most Grizzlies struck out in a game and matched her own UCCS record for strikeouts in a game with 14 as the Mountain Lions defeated the Grizzlies 6-0 Saturday in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader at ASC Softball Field.
â€œEverything that (assistant coach Don Pettrow) wanted me to throw worked,â€ said Ritchie. â€œI was hitting my spots. They got six hits off of me, which is a testament to them, but I was able to shut them down.â€
Ritchie went the distance, allowing six hits and three walks while improving her season record to 9-1. It was her second shutout of the season.
â€œI was completely zoned â€" everything was just clicking today,â€ said Ritchie, who is 6-0 with a 1.10 ERA since March 9.
With leadoff hitter Brianna Workman and catcher Sarah Cleland sidelined with injuries, UCCS found itself in need of an offensive spark from unexpected sources. UCCS coach Scott Peterson decided to pencil freshman Nicole Link and senior Sonia Reyes into the key No. 6 and No. 7 spots in the batting order.
â€œI honestly wasnâ€TMt worried about it. I know everybody on this team can hit the ball,â€ said Reyes. â€œNicole is hitting the ball real well so when they said it was going to be (Link) and me (at six and seven) I just though â€˜bring it.â€TMâ€
Both responded marvelously. Link, who started at catcher for Cleland, drove in three runs and third baseman Reyes belted a two-run home run.
â€œI didnâ€TMt even know it went out. I was pretty surprised,â€ said Reyes, who credited her teammates for getting on base in the first place. â€œToday, I felt like I was seeing (the ball) pretty good. Theyâ€TMre getting on, Iâ€TMm just trying to get base hits and whatever else comes is gravy.â€
The Mountain Lions (17-1, 8-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) got off to a quick start as Brittni Carlson added to her RMAC-leading RBI total with a run scoring single and Link added an RBI ground out.
UCCS added four more runs in the third as Link drilled a two-run double down the left field line and Reyes followed with her third homer of the season.
â€œIt feels awesome,â€ said Link. â€œItâ€TMs amazing to see my team get excited and show them that I can do it and help out. I just try to step up and do my job when I get the chance.â€
With the exception of those two innings, Adams State starter Summer Adams was solid. The junior broke the Adams State record (Division II era) by striking out nine UCCS batters. Five of the six runs she allowed were unearned.
Fortunately for the Mountain Lions, Adams wasnâ€TMt the only one breaking records.
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