Hitting, Defense Lacking as Regis Completes Sweep

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 23, 2006

DENVER â€" Thanks to plenty of help from Mountain Lions miscues, the Regis Rangers completed their four-game sweep of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Sunday with 12-4 and 6-0 wins.

With ace pitcher Amanda Ritchie sidelined with sore ribs, the Mountain Lions were hoping that freshmen Kym Cade and Angie Heronema and sophomore Kaleigh Beekman could pitch well enough to keep them in the game. UCCS could then rely upon its defense and hitting to win a game or two.

The pitchers did their part, each throwing well enough to keep the Mountain Lions in the game. Frustratingly, Regis had a number of dribblers, hoppers and beeders that made the statistics look far worse that the performances merited.

“I told our pitchers thatâ€TMs going to happen,” said UCCS pitching coach Don Pettrow. “If we can fool them, theyâ€TMre going to hit those short shots.

“I thought they really did a god job, although thatâ€TMs frustrating in a linescore since itâ€TMs still a base hit. But if you watched the games, they didnâ€TMt hit our pitchers that hard.”

It was the other two parts of the formula, however, that failed to show up.

UCCS hitters left 21 runners stranded, 11 in Game 1 and 10 in Game 2. More egregiously, the Mountain Lionsâ€TM Nos. 4, 5 and 6 hitters accounted for 13 of those runners left on base.

Defensively, the Mountain Lions committed 10 errors, five in each game.

“The defense was poor on both sides,” said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. “We need to get better on defense, no doubt.”

Sarah Brisky got one of the Mountain Lionsâ€TM few clutch hits on the day when she belted a two-run homer in the second inning of the opener. Sonia Reyes added a two-run double in the fifth inning.

Heronema was the star of the second game, holding the Rangers to only three earned runs.

Giving UCCS solace was the knowledge that the games were more or less meaningless. The Mountain Lions would need something akin to a miracle to get the No. 2 seed in the RMAC playoffs. Without divine intervention, there is little difference between the No. 3 seed and the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 seeds.

“Yeah, it would have been nice to win,” said Peterson, “but did it mean anything? No.

“Weâ€TMre really hoping to see these guys again under different circumstances,” he added, referring to the playoffs. “Then, the gameâ€TMs going to be a lot more important.”

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