Haney's Double Gives Disappointed Mountain Lions Split with Eagles
COLORADO SPRINGS -- Stacy Haney hit a bases clearing double in the fifth inning to lift the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 4-3 victory in Saturday's opener and a doubleheader split with the Chadron State Eagles Saturday at Mountain Lion Field.
Erica Colbert went 4-for-4 with a double and two home runs to lead Chadron State to an 11-6 win in Game 2.
Haney and Sarah Cleland each had four hits and three RBIs for UCCS (17-12, 10-8 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).
Colbert and Blair McEndaffer each had four hits for Chadron State (12-10-1, 7-10-1 RMAC).
Libby White (2-2) threw six shutout innings on six hits in the opener as the Mountain Lions built a 4-0 lead. The Eagles rallied for three runs on five hits in the seventh inning before pounding UCCS pitching for 11 runs on 15 hits in the second game.
"We're all disappointed," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "From the coaches, to the players, to the trainers, to the fans; we're all upset by how this is going."
The doubleheader continued a disturbing tendency towards underachievement for the UCCS pitching staff. Chadron State came into the series ranked 11th in the 12-team RMAC with a .277 batting average. The Eagles pounded the Mountain Lions to the tune of a .400 batting average Saturday, with six doubles and four home runs among their 26 hits.
But that's been the trend ever since UCCS began conference play. In their 18 RMAC games, opponents have hit .337 against the Mountain Lions while averaging 6.39 runs, 1.89 doubles and 1.33 home runs per game. In all other games, these same opponents (New Mexico Highlands, Western New Mexico, Fort Lewis, Mesa State and Chadron State) are hitting a combined .288 while averaging 4.58 runs, 1.40 doubles and 0.64 home runs per game.
Those aren't pretty numbers.
That numerical disparity is exactly what drips Game 1 with irony. Facing Casey Williams (9-6), who came into the weekend ranked second in the RMAC with a 2.83 ERA, the Mountain Lions needed a good pitching performance of their own.
And that's what they got from White, who baffled the Eagles for six innings before a seventh inning rally ended not only White's shutout bid, but also her streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings. White managed to record two outs with two on, but consecutive hits by McEndaffer, Stephanie Hillman and Williams brought three runs home with runners on first and second. Unshaken, White induced a grounder to shortstop Sarah Cleland, who stepped on second for the final out.
The Mountain Lions finally solved the puzzle that was Williams in the fifth inning. With one out, Tasha Pagdilao walked, followed by singles by Sierra Green and Brianna Workman to load the bases. Haney cleared the bases with a double to the fence in right center.
Amanda Hathaway hit a solo homer an inning later to give UCCS a 4-0 lead.
But in the second game, UCCS pitchers Holly Jordan, Stacy Ortiz and Sarah McCauley couldn't match White's performance. The Eagles belted four home runs in the game after having managed just 13 in their previous 22 contests.
Still, a two-run double by Cleland gave UCCS a 2-0 lead in the first, and her RBI single in the third made it 3-2. Sarah Brisky delivered a two-out pinch-hit single in the fourth to put UCCS up 5-3 before a four-run Chadron State rally in the top of the fifth wrestled the lead away for good.
Cassie Humphrey (4-3) got the win and Williams earned her first save with 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.
Chadron State's Katelyn Moore, who came into the weekend 2-for-23 at the plate, broke out with two hits in the opener and another in the nightcap. Colbert came in with a .185 batting average and went 4-for-7.
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