Haney Helps Mountain Lions Get Split on Final Day of Tournament
PUEBLO -- Stacy Haney went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three stolen bases to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to an 8-6 victory over the Metro State Roadrunners and a two-game split during the final day of the CSU-Pueblo Tournament Sunday at Rawlings Sports Complex.
A seventh-inning rally and a strong relief performance by Libby White were wasted later in the day as the Mountain Lions (3-3) were beaten 7-5 by the tournament-champion Fort Hays State Tigers.
The scheduled third game was cancelled due to frigid conditions. The weather forecast had called for temperatures near 50 degrees. Instead, the thermometer never climbed above freezing and a thick, wet mist rolled in by way of a stiff, arctic wind most of the afternoon
"The conditions were unbearable," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "It's got to be top-five (worst) conditions and it shows. This is tough to play in."
Haney scored the first run of the opener. After drawing a walk, the senior stole second and was brought home by a Sarah Cleland single.
UCCS starter Holly Jordan survived a hit and three walks over the first two innings before leaving the game after surrendering Danni Hedstrom homer to lead off the third. Metro State added two more runs in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
The Mountain Lions answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning capped by Haney's RBI single that put them ahead for good. RBI singles by Amanda Hathaway, Sierra Green, Brianna Workman and Haney in the fifth put UCCS up by five.
Sarah McCauley (1-1) took over for Jordan in the third inning to earn the win. The freshman five runs, two earned, on six hits over her five innings or work.
UCCS got another strong relief performance in the second game as White held Fort Hays State to just one run over five innings. The sophomore surrendered her only run on a Jessika Anastos homer with one out on the fourth inning and allowed her only walk to the next batter.
"After I gave up the home run, I was down on myself," said White. But she was aided by something her former teammate, Lindsay Shandera, noticed while watching the inning.
"She said Ã¢â‚¬ËœI see it in your face; I see it in your body. How you're approaching each pitch is different from how you normally throw,'" White recalled.
White, who built a reputation for her mental toughness in her freshman season, took heed of Shandera's observation and bore down. She allowed just two baserunners over the final three innings.
Still, the damage had already been done and UCCS trailed 7-2 going into the final inning. To their credit, there was no hint of surrender in the Mountain Lions.
"We challenged the kids to score in the bottom of the seventh and they did," said Peterson.
The rally started, fittingly, by Haney's single up the middle. With one out, Jordan and Tasha Pagdilao each singled with Pagdilao's shot scoring Haney. Freshman Lindsay Zastrow hit UCCS' third consecutive single to plate Jordan. Hathaway's sacrifice fly cut the deficit to two but the comeback stalled there.
"We were stringing hits together; it was one after another," said White. "We just couldn't get the last three runs that we needed."
Southpaw Kayla Rupa (3-0) got the win for Fort Hays State. She was particularly tough on UCCS' three left-handed hitters, holding Haney, Green and Workman to a combined 1-for-9 with a walk and six strikeouts.
The Mountain Lions will have a week off before participating in the Mile High Invite, which will be hosted by Regis on Feb. 23-24.
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