UCCS Sweeps Colorado College Behind Two Shandera Homers

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 5, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" Lindsay Shandera hit two home runs as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs remained perfect against the Colorado College Tigers by sweeping Wednesdayâ€TMs doubleheader at Monument Valley Park 10-2 and 12-3.

The Mountain Lions are now 30-0 all-time against their intra-city rival.

UCCS (25-4) used the games against the Division III Tigers (9-19) to work on some new things and to get some reserves valuable playing time.

“Weâ€TMre going to need all 18 players to get where we want to go, so t was good to get them in there and let them see some pitches,” said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. “You never know whatâ€TMs going to happen so you have to keep them ready.”

Several looked like they were already ready. Reserve catcher Nicole Link was flawless in the field and clutch at the plate, going 5-for-6 with three doubles and four RBIs. Sarah Brisky, normally the teamâ€TMs designated player, played sound defense at third base. Brittany Cusumano took advantage of her first collegiate start by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Also performing well were starting pitchers Kym Cade and Kaleigh Beekman. Cade (4-1) allowed just two runs, one earned, on three hits in the opener. After two strong innings, Beekman (2-0) was tagged for three runs on five hits in the third and fourth innings. Rather than folding, though, Beekman retired nine of the final 10 Colorado College batters.

“She did rebound,” said Peterson. “She made some adjustments and pitched well down the stretch.”

But while the reserves graded out well, the baserunning did not except for a perfectly executed double steal. The Mountain Lions pride themselves on aggressiveness on thee base paths, but Wednesday the aggressiveness often lacked common sense as UCCS ran itself into several outs, including four at home plate.

“We need to work on our baserunning,” said Peterson. “We were happy with the pitching and hitting but we werenâ€TMt happy with baserunning today.”

The Mountain Lionsâ€TM regulars also hit well. Brittni Carlson went 4-for-9, Janine Ota was 3-for-4 with two walks, Savannah Ledford went 5-for-8 and Shandera was 3-for-6. UCCS had 29 hits on the day.

While the doubleheader will have no impact on the Mountain Lionsâ€TM Rock Mountain Athletic Conference or South Central regional hopes, it did serve its purpose.

“Kaleigh and Kym both threw good ballgames today,” said Peterson. “Weâ€TMre going to need all four pitchers before itâ€TMs all said and done.”

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32IFFr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson321BSo.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFJr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFSR.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSo.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera20IF/OFFr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BJr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSr.
Kaleigh BeekmanKaleigh Beekman15P/OFFr.
Kaleigh BeekmanKaleigh Beekman15P/OFFr.
Kym CadeKym Cade9P
Brittany CusumanoBrittany Cusumano5OF
Savannah LedfordSavannah Ledford24SS
Nicole LinkNicole Link00C/IFSo.
Nicole LinkNicole Link00C/IFSo.
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