Mountain Lions Top Fort Lewis, Lose to Regis on Tourney's First Day
PUEBLO -- Rachel Hancock, Tasha Pagdilao and Lindsay Zastrow each had two hits to power an 11-hit effort as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs defeated the Fort Lewis Skyhawks 12-2 Saturday during the CSU-Pueblo Tournament at Rawlings Sports Complex.
Mountain Lion killer Kaitlyn Gentert allowed just one hit after the first inning earlier in the day as the Regis Rangers beat UCCS 7-2.
Still stinging from the loss to Regis in the morning game, the Mountain Lions quickly jumped on Fort Lewis pitcher Mariah Jones (0-1) for nine runs in the first inning. Sarah Cleland opened the scoring with a two-run double, followed two batters later by Zastrow's two-run single up the middle. UCCS loaded the bases again before Hancock delivered another two-run single. Hancock would eventually steal home to cap the inning.
Pagdilao's solo homer and an Amanda Hathaway RBI single in the second inning gave UCCS (2-2) an 11-0 lead.
UCCS pitcher Holly Jordan (1-0) earned the win, allowing just Jenna Peters' two-run homer in the third while striking out six over four innings. Libby White threw a scoreless fifth.
Jordan, who struggled in her first game as a Mountain Lion Friday evening against Fort Hays State, confessed prior to Saturday's game that the bitter cold had hurt her ability to grip the ball, thus flattening out her pitches. With temperatures in the low 50s and plenty of sunshine Saturday, Jordan had no repeat of the problem.
"The second game, we played the way we want to play," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "We ran, Holly pitched great and Libby pitched great. We did what we wanted to do in this game."
But that wasn't the case in the opener. For the third consecutive game, the Mountain Lions gained, and then lost, a lead in Saturday's opener.
The UCCS running game, which had seven stolen bases on the day, staked the Mountain Lions to their first-inning lead. With Hancock on second and Brianna Workman on first, Peterson called for a double steal. Not only did both runners arrive safely, but catcher Alisa Heronema's throw to third was off target, allowing Hancock to score. Workman subsequently scored on a wild pitch.
"I think we've seen in all the games this year that the speed's there," said Peterson of his team, which has stolen 17 bases in its four games. "We just have to hit better."
Gentert shut UCCS down after that. The senior, whose first-ever college appearance was against UCCS in 2005, allowed just one hit and two baserunners the rest of the way. Over her career, Gentert has a 7-3-1 record with a 2.81 ERA against UCCS.
"You've got to give Kaitlyn credit," said Peterson. "She's tough; the kid's been around. She knows what she's doing."
After two strong innings, UCCS starter Stacy Ortiz (1-1) ran into trouble. The sophomore was tagged for three runs, including a Christina Gardella homer, in the third, and four in the fourth behind a three-run shot by Chelsie Rademacher.
"They hit our pitching," said Peterson. "Hat's off to them; they did a great job."
The Mountain Lions will complete their participation at the CSU-Pueblo Tournament with three games Sunday, beginning with a matchup against Metro State at 10 a.m.
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