UCCS Explodes for 30 Runs in Sweep of Highlands
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs exploded for 30 runs on 33 hits Sunday to sweep the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls 12-0 and 18-0.
The 30 runs scored were tied for the fifth most in a doubleheader by a UCCS team.
Obviously, there was no shortage of hitting stars for the Mountain Lions (8-3, 3-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). Top among those was Tasha Pagdilao, who went 5-for-6 with six RBIs.
"Tasha had a great day," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson by phone. "I see her every day in practice and, holy cow, the kid can hit."
But Pagdilao wasn't the only Mountain Lion abusing Cowgirl pitching. Lindsay Shandera was 4-for-6 with seven RBIs. Stacy Haney added six more RBIs to bring her RMAC leading total to 28. Sarah Cleland (5-for-8), Brianna Workman (4-for-7) and Rachel Hancock (3-for-6) all hit .500 or better.
Pagdilao, Shandera, Cleland and freshman Julie Jenkins all hit home runs despite a high wind blowing in from left field. Jenkins' pinch-hit shot in the second game was her first collegiate hit.
UCCS' two freshman pitchers were also effective. Libby White (5-1) allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out two in the opener. Stacy Ortiz (3-2) allowed four hits and a walk in the second game.
Pam Apodaca had three of the Cowgirls' six hits. New Mexico Highlands fell to 5-5, 1-3 in the RMAC.
The wins marked the first time the Mountain Lions have won three games out of a four game set at Las Vegas, N.M. The teams have face each other at Highlands four times (2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007) since the RMAC adopted the four-game, alternating year scheduling format.
All three of UCCS' wins in the series were shortened by the run rule, whereby if a team leads by eight or more after five innings the game is ended. The Mountain Lions have already won seven games by run rule this season, The school record for a single season is 13, set in 2004.
UCCS will face Chadron State Saturday and Sunday at Mountain Lion Field.
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