Shandera Goes Deep Three Times in Sweep
COLORADO SPRINGS - Lindsay Shandera belted three homers and drove in 10 runs to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 9-2, 12-2 sweep of the Chadron State Eagles Saturday at Mountain Lion Field.
Shandera went 3-for-3 with six RBIs in the opener and 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the nightcap for the Mountain Lions (10-3, 5-1 RMAC).
The games were the first in 25 years for Chadron State (0-2, 0-2 RMAC), which reinstated its softball program this season. Kristy Long scored the Eagles' first run and Blair McEndaffer had their first hit.
Shandera's three-run shot in the first inning helped UCCS take a 4-0 lead after one inning in the first game. The senior from Mill Creek, Wash., driloled a two-run single in the second to increase the lead to 6-0.
After Chadron State scored on two UCCS errors in the third, Stacy Haney hit a sacrifice fly and Shandera belted a solo homer to put UCCS up 8-1 after four. The Mountain Lions had opportunities to end the game via the run rule, but the scrappy Eagles wee able to force the game to the full seven innings.
Libby White (5-1), who was named RMAC pitcher of the week this past week, allowed just one hit and two walks. Casey Jenkins (0-1) struck out six for Chadron State but took the loss.
Haney opened the scoring in Game 2 with an RBI double in the first. The Mountain Lions added to that advantage with six runs in the second aided by a two-run single by Haney and a two-run double by Sarah Cleland.
Shandera's three-run homer to center field highlighted a five-run third.
Stacy Ortiz (4-2) scattered four hits for the five-inning, run-rule shortened win. Cassie Humphrey (0-1) took the loss for Chadron State.
The twinbill was originally scheduled for noon but had to be moved back so UCCS personnel could remove snow and ice that had accumulated overnight.
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