UCCS Wins Two at Fort Lewis
DURANGO - Two strong pitching efforts, including Stacy Ortiz's one-hitter, propelled the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 3-2, 3-0 doubleheader sweep of the Fort Lewis Skyhawks Saturday at Aspen Field.
Ortiz (6-3) had a no-hitter working into the sixth inning when Crystal Moore hit a soft two-hopper into the hole between third base and shortstop. Third baseman Katie Johnston made a diving attempt but could not make the play.
Libby White (8-2) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in the first inning of the opener. The freshman from Niwot settled in afterward, throwing six scoreless innings on two hits and two walks.
"Today was about the pitching," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "No question about it, those girls came up big."
The performances were particularly impressive considering both pitchers got roughed up at Colorado State-Pueblo on Wednesday.
"It's hard but there's nothing I can do to control the past," said Ortiz. "I have to forget about it and move forward.
"I think I did that here."
She did indeed. After an error and a passed ball put a runner on third, Ortiz induced a comebacker by Erin Tate to end the threat. Including Tate, Ortiz retired 13 straight batters.
"The pitchers came back huge today," said Peterson. "They had a rough night the other night and they made some great adjustments today."
Fort Lewis (4-20, 3-11 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) opened Game 1 with two runs on Jenna Peters' home run. The Mountain Lions (14-5, 9-3 RMAC) cut the lead in half in the third when Sierra Green reached on an error, stole second then scored on a throwing error.
Rachel Hancock added a two-run single in the fourth and White made the lead stand up.
In the nightcap, UCCS opened the scoring when Stacy Haney drew a bases-loaded walk off of the Skyhawks' hard-throwing Monica Chavez.
The Mountain Lions loaded the bases again in the sixth, this time managing two runs off Tasha Pagdilao's RBI single and Katie Johnston's ground out to first. During the inning, power hitting first baseman Lindsay Shandera dropped a rare bunt base hit.
"We went a little but small in the second game," said Peterson, referring to what coaches call small ball. "Lindsay probably hasn't bunted twice since she's been here but she can get it down."
Helping the Mountain Lions' pitching was a sound, and at times spectacular, defense. Brianna Workman ran down two balls that could have dropped for hits and Sarah Cleland's strong arm erases at least two more. Sierra Green added an over-the-shoulder catch.
"They did fabulous," said Ortiz of the UCCS defense. "There was no way I would be able to pitch a one-hitter without my defense backing me up."
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