Shandera Breaks RBI Record in Sweep
COLORADO SPRINGS - Lindsay Shandera broke the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs career RBI record to lead the Mountain Lions to a doubleheader sweep of the Fort Hays State Tigers Wednesday evening at Mountain Lion Field.
Shandera's chopper over first base in the first inning of Game 2 drove home two runs to give the senior 153 for her career, matching the mark set by Brittni Carlson (2003-06). Shandera added an RBI ground out in the fourth break the record at 154.
"It's fun," said Shandera of getting the record, "but if it wasn't for my teammates getting on (base), I wouldn't have the opportunity to drive in the runs. I thrive in situations where I have runners on base, especially when they're on second and third."
The statistics bear her out. Shandera is now hitting .571 with runners on base and .568 with runners in scoring position. She also had 16 RBIs in 20 opportunities with a runner on third and less than two outs.
Besides crediting her teammates, Shandera also put the record into historical perspective.
"We've had a lot of great players in this program," she said. "To have any record ahead of those players is a great honor."
The second game was tied at two in the third inning when Brianna Workman singled, stole second and scored on Stacy Haney's double to the fence in left center. Shandera singled, but a strikeout and a comebacker to pitcher Adrian Mohr (4-5) put two outs on the board and threatened to end the rally.
Mohr quickly got two strikes on Kelly Quinn, the second a foul ball off her foot. After trying to shake it off with little success, the freshman from Air Academy High School limped back to the plate and poked an outside fastball over the right field fence for her first career home run.
"'Q' stepped up," said Peterson.
After Mohr's homer cut the UCCS (19-8) lead to 6-4, Shandera recorded her record-breaking ground out and Haney scored on a wild pitch.
Stacy Ortiz (9-5) made the lead stand, facing just 11 batters over the final three innings. For the game scattered seven hits and a walk while striking out four.
Libby White (10-3) earned the win in the first game, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out four.
"The pitchers are keeping us in it," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "(Pitching coach) Don Pettrow is always telling the pitchers to just keep us in it. They did a great job with that tonight."
Offensively, Game 1 was Haney's show. The junior from Littleton drilled an RBI double in the first inning and added a two-run home run in the third to account for all of the Mountain Lions' runs.
Fort Hays State (9-19) rallied for two runs in the fourth but White retired the side in the fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh, Sunny Valentine singled with two out but was thrown out by UCCS catcher Tasha Pagdilao while trying to steal second.
White was also the benefactor of two more spectacular catches by left fielder Sierra Green. The freshman from Longmont went horizontal to rob Valentine of a double in the second and did the same to Mohr leading off the seventh inning.
"Sierra, again, was just incredible with the great plays in left field," said Peterson. The 'again' in that statement referred to two more great catches Green made on Sunday.
Ironically, Green's success at diving for line drives isn't necessarily what she's supposed to be doing. She admitted that the score and situation should factor into her decision to go for the diving catch or not, but also said that sometimes she just can't help herself.
"My first instinct reaction is to lay out," said Green. "Coach always says he expects us to make those plays."
Jessica Hamilton (1-4) took the loss in Game 1.
Haney ended the doubleheader a combined 4-for-7 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs. Shandera was 3-for-5.
The Mountain Lions have a key series this weekend when two-time defending Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion Regis comes to Mountain Lion Field.
"It's a big weekend coming up," said Peterson. "Hopefully we'll keep playing like we've been playing."
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