Split Ends UCCS' 13-Game Streak
Sonia Reyesâ€TM grand slam was the biggest of 13 hits as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs won a 10-8 slugfest in Sundayâ€TMs opener and went on to split with the Adams State Grizzlies.
Adams Stateâ€TMs 14-6 Game 2 win ended the Mountain Lionsâ€TM 13-game winning streak. UCCS is now 19-2, 10-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
â€œWe came here for four (wins) but weâ€TMre satisfied with three given the circumstances,â€ said Sarah Brisky, who hit a big home run in the opener and finished the day 3-for-7.
The circumstance to which Brisky was alluding to had to do with UCCSâ€TM recent attrition condition. The Mountain Lions, who were already playing without three starters, almost lost a fourth during pre-game warmups when an errant ball hit ace Amanda Ritchie above the right eye. Ritchie pitched the game with the wound taped shut and a nasty headache.
That was one of the gutsiest performances Iâ€TMve seen,â€ said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. â€œShe has a huge gash in the side of her head.â€
As a result, Ritchie (11-1) did not have her normal dominating array of pitchers. She allowed eight runs, five earned, while walking two and giving up a season-high 13 hits, including five home runs. But the senior was as good as she needed to be, earning the win and stranding nine Adams State runners.
Ritchie was at her best in the final inning. After the Grizzlies scored three in the sixth to closes to 10-8, Ritchie retired the side in order in the seventh, which was of particular importance since the fourth batter of the inning was Barbi Scott, who had already gone deep twice and would have come to the plate as the tying run.
â€œIt was one of those UCCS/Adams games that we knew could happen,â€ said Peterson. â€œBoth teams were clubbing the ball, but we came out on top.â€
Reyesâ€TM slam highlighted a five-run fifth inning that put the Mountain Lions up 10-5.
â€œThat was a senior coming through,â€ said Peterson of eyes. â€œSheâ€TMs a leader. The kids feed off her; thereâ€TMs just so much enthusiasm.â€
But even enthusiasm wasnâ€TMt enough to prevent attrition from finally taking its toll in the nightcap. UCCS pitchers Kym Cade (3-1) and Kaleigh Beekman were ineffective against the big-hitting Grizzles. Offensively, the Mountain Lions had 10 hits but just couldnâ€TMt keep pace with the Adams State onslaught.
â€œYeah, we were missing some kids but weâ€TMre not going to make excuses,â€ said Peterson. â€œWe just came up short.â€
The Grizzlies biggest boppers were Barbi Scott and Mandie Roark. Scott went 5-for-5 while Roark went 4-for-7. Each had two home runs and five RBIs.
For UCCS, Lindsay Shandera went 4-for-5, Brittni Carlson went 4-for-7 and Rachel Hancock and Savannah Ledford each added three hits.
For the Mountain Lions it was a successful weekend, particularly considering their shorthanded status.
â€œEveryone stepped up,â€ said Shandera. â€œThere were places to be filled and people knew they had jobs to do.â€
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