Mountain Lions Get Mooned by Pitcher in Fort Lewis Sweep
DURANGO -- The Mountain Lions got mooned Saturday.
Fort Lewis pitcher Cary Moone was dominant, striking out 20 batters as the Skyhawks swept the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 7-4 and 6-1 at Aspen Field.
The junior from Waterflow, N.M., stuck out six of the eight batters she faced in relief in the opener to earn the save. She came back to fan 14 in a compete-game four-hitter to complete the sweep.
"She threw great," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "We knew we were going to see her; they've been hanging on to her until now.
"We're going to have to make adjustments, come back tomorrow and hopefully get some better at bats."
Catcher Jenna Peters led the Fort Lewis offense, going a combined 5-for-6 with two home runs and three RBIs.
The opener could have been called a comedy of errors, but nobody on the UCCS side was laughing. Mental mistakes, offensively and defensively, cost the Mountain Lions.
Sierra Green opened the game with a triple and Brianna Workman followed with a line drive up the middle to give UCCS the lead. Workman stole second and Rachel Hancock walked, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat.
In the bottom half of the inning, three walks by UCCS starter Stacy Ortiz (4-3) and a throwing error by catcher Tasha Pagdilao helped Fort Lewis score two.
But that wasn't the end of the gaffes. A baserunning error with the bases loaded in the second inning turned Stacy Haney's bases-clearing double from three runs to two. In the bottom of the third, a pair of errors and a lackadaisical play at first gave the Skyhawks six outs to work with. They turned the opportunity into three runs.
UCCS was threatening in the fifth, getting two runners on against Fort Lewis starter Mary Oppenheim (4-3). That's when Skyhawks coach Pam Adams called on Moone, who struck out Katie Johnston, plus five other batters, to earn the save over 2 1/3 innings.
"We had some great opportunities in the first game," said Peterson, "but you could see that once they got the lead, they were going to bring (Moone) in."
But Moone (1-0), who was seeing her first action since injuring her knee in the season opener, wasn't done. After Haney tagged her with her first hit allowed of the season in the first inning and Hancock followed with a single to charge Moone with her first run, she was nearly unhittable. She allowed two hits the rest of the way.
"We let (Moone) get into our heads," said Haney. "We let her take us out of the game."
Sarah McCauley (5-3) took the loss for UCCS (13-8, 6-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).
Haney went a combined 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBIs. Green, batting in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, went 4-for-8 with a double and a triple.
UCCS was playing minus two bats from its starting lineup and two arms from its pitching staff. Top pitcher and designated hitter Holly Jordan, who was ill, accounted for one of each. Also ill was pitcher Libby White. First baseman Lindsay Zastrow was out with an injury. All three are expected to miss Sunday's doubleheader as well.
"I don't think it had any (impact)," Haney said of the missing players. "I think we didn't swing the bats today and we had too many errors in the first game and that'll kill you."
Fort Lewis improved to 7-10-1, 3-3-1 in the RMAC. To illustrate what Moone means to the team, four of the Skyhawks' five wins coming into Saturday had come against Division III Colorado College.
"Cary's a special kid," said Adams. "When you have those kinds of kids in those positions and they give everything they have, it makes your whole team better. We're extremely proud of our kids."
The Mountain Lions, on the other hand, were anything but proud. They held a terse, players-only meeting in right field after the game.
"We're not happy with our played today and we shouldn't be," said Haney. "Hopefully we'll come back tomorrow and hit like we usually do."
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