Records Fall but UCCS Settles for Split with Mines
COLORADO SPRINGS -- After Sunday's disastrous second game against Colorado School of Mines that featured a one-inning meltdown for the second consecutive day, one University of Colorado at Colorado Springs fan shook his head and said "Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde" in reference to the Mountain Lions
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Stacy Haney recorded her 72nd base hit of the season and extended her hitting streak to 21 games, both new UCCS school records, but the Mountain Lions nonetheless had to settle for a doubleheader split with the Orediggers Sunday at Mountain Lion Field.
Haney's home run in Game 2, her second of the day, also broke the UCCS team record for home runs in a season. Earlier in the day, a two-run single by Tasha Pagdilao set a new team record for runs scored in a season. The Mountain Lions now have hit 72 home runs this season and scored 378 runs. The old marks were 71 and 367 respectively.
Libby White (18-6) pitched a five-inning, three-hit shutout in the opener for UCCS (33-13, 21-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).
Pagdilao's two-out, bases-loaded single to help the Mountain Lions to an early 2-0 lead against Mines starter Kaleigh Starr (1-4). UCCS loaded the bases again in the second and were rewarded when Haney hit a run scoring single and Lindsay Shandera followed with a single that cleared the bases (two on the hit and the third on a throwing error).
A Rachel Hancock RBI single in the third and Haney's solo homer in the fourth completed the scoring.
But all of that was Dr. Jekyll.
"We played very, very well in the first game," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "Libby threw a great game, everybody was hitting and we made some great defensive plays."
After the Orediggers took the lead with a Beth Skidmore RBI double in the second inning of Game 2, Haney answered with a three run homer in the bottom of the third. Skidmore responded in the fourth with a three-run blast of her own to give Mines a 4-3 lead.
Then came Mr. Hyde.
The fourth inning was an epic disaster of Cecille B. DeMille proportions as Mines scored 11 runs on nine hits and four errors. All six batters faced by UCCS starter Stacy Ortiz (15-7) in the inning scored as the Orediggers punished the UCCS freshman with a home run, three doubles, a single and an error. Reliever Brenna Wells fared little better, allowing five runs on four hits with two errors.
"We didn't pitch in the second game; we didn't play defense in the second game," said Peterson. "We were in it -- (Haney) hit another home run to put us ahead -- but we didn't pitch well. When our pitchers did get what we needed, we didn't make the play defensively."
Injuries to Hancock and starting shortstop Sarah Cleland forced UCCS to play first-year players in the middle infield in Game 2. For the already freshman-laden Mountain Lions, it may have been a case of asking too many youngsters to deliver all at once.
"We had some inexperienced kids in there," said Peterson. "(The inconsistency) is something we knew could happen (with such a young team)."
But Peterson was also quick to credit Mines (19-20, 10-17 RMAC), which got a solid pitching performance by Katie Kocman (11-9) and pounded out 14 hits.
"They came out swinging and we didn't do anything about it," said Peterson.
This brings to mind yet another literary reference: "He who liveth by the freshman shall perish by the freshman." At least it goes something like that.
Fortunately for the Mountain Lions, there has been a lot more Ã¢â‚¬Ëœliveth' this season that Ã¢â‚¬Ëœperish.'
"We're still 33-13," said Peterson. "We're pleased. We're not going to junk this. We've got a good plan and we're doing OK. We just have to be a little more consistent than we've been the past couple of weeks."
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