Lions Maul Colorado College in Opener
COLORADO SPRINGS - Sarah Brisky and Tasha Pagdilao each hit two home runs to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team to a dominating sweep of in-town rival Colorado College Wednesday evening in the season openers for both teams.
The Mountain Lions parlayed 20 hits and 12 walks into a 24-0 win in the opener. They came back for a 20-1 victory in the nightcap. Since both games were shortened because of the mercy rule, UCCS scored the 44 runs in just eight turns at bat.
The NCAA Division II Mountain Lions are now 32-0 all-time against the Division III Tigers.
The games were played at 4-Diamonds Sports Complex's Blue Field because the adjacent Mountain Lion Field was too muddy. It was the first games UCCS has played at the Blue Field.
The plate discipline taught by UCCS coach Scott Peterson came into play in a big way Wednesday. Not only did the Mountain Lions draw 24 walks in the doubleheader, but 15 of the 17 UCCS players to get a plate appearance drew at least one free pass. UCCS posted an astronomical .705 on base percentage in the doubleheader.
The Mountain Lions' all-freshman pitching staff was sharp in their respective openers. Libby White three a five-inning, one-hit shutout in the opener and Stacy Ortiz allowed no runs on two hits in four innings in Game 2. Brenna Wells was tagged for the only run allowed by UCCS, a solo homer by Carmen Robinson.
Stacy Haney went 5-for-7 with eight RBIs for UCCS. Pagdilao added five RBIs as did Sarah Cleland, who belted a grand slam in the opener. Brisky and Katie Johnston each added four RBIs.
The Mountain Lions jumped out early in both games, scoring nine in the first inning of the opener and 15 in the opening frame of the nightcap. Because of the quick starts, the Mountain Lions did not show off their considerable team speed, stealing just one base in each game.
Seven Mountain Lions had three or more hits.
UCCS will play Regis and Colorado State-Pueblo, the top two vote getters in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's preseason poll, plus Fort Hays State in a tournament in Pueblo on Saturday and Sunday.
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