Seven Triples Spur UCCS to Sweep of Colorado College
COLORADO SPRINGS -- The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs pounded 26 hits, including seven triples, and walked 12 times in sweeping the Colorado College Tigers 12-1 and 11-1 Wednesday.
The Tigers' home field at Monument Valley Park has its fences set at 240 feet, considerably deeper than most NCAA softball venues. While several balls that would have been home runs stayed in play, the Mountain Lions took advantage of the spacious outfield to take the extra base.
Sarah Cleland led UCCS (31-11) with four hits, but it was freshman Kelly Quinn that stole the Thunder. The Air Academy High School graduate went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and the lone home run of the game -- a 250-foot bomb to straightaway center field.
Sierra Green (3-for-3), Lindsay Shandera (3-for-5), Stacy Haney (3-for-5), Sarah Brisky (3-for-4) and Katie Johnston (3-for-5) all had three hits for the Mountain Lions.
Libby White (16-5) pitched four scoreless innings in the first game while Stacy Ortiz (15-6) did the same in the second. Brenna Wells pitched the fifth inning in both of the run-rule shortened games.
White set a new UCCS record for wins by a freshman pitcher. Ortiz matched the old record of 15 set by Jessica Coltrin in 2002.
Colorado College fell to 5-17 on the season. UCCS is now 34-0 all-time against Colorado College.
After UCCS scored 10 runs in the first two innings of Game 1, coach Scott Peterson turned his attention to getting reserve players in the game. Seventeen of the 19 players on the roster saw action in Game 1, with starting second baseman Rachel Hancock being held out due to a sore hamstring and pitcher Ortiz scheduled to start Game 2. In Game 2, 16 Mountain Lions played.
UCCS will play a four-game series against Colorado School of Mines this weekend with doubleheaders set for Saturday and Sunday.
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