Pull-Happy Mountain Lions Get Swept by Metro State
DENVER -- The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team has got to be pulling my leg. They have to be because the Mountain Lions are trying to pull absolutely everything else.
Metro State held UCCS to five hits in each of Saturday's two games as the Roadrunners swept the Mountain Lions 9-2 and 6-4.
UCCS went the opposite direction only twice in both games combined, and both of those occurred in the first inning. After left-handed batter Sierra Green singled to left and right-handed batter Holly Jordan flew out to right, both in the first frame, the pull-happy Mountain Lions spent the rest of the day limiting themselves to hitting to half the field.
Metro State took full advantage by throwing off the plate inside and painting the corner outside. As a result, UCCS hit multiple soft groundouts while trying to pull outside pitches and also were struck out looking seven times.
The identity crisis began right from the start. The P.A. announcer at Auraria Field introduced the Mountain Lions as the Cougars, which is correct species-wise but not geographically. In Colorado, the big cats are called mountain lions. Elsewhere, they are referred to as cougars, catamounts and by several other names.
"The Cougars will be back tomorrow," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson with tongue in cheek. "We talked about it; we'll be back tomorrow."
By any name, this wasn't -- and hasn't been over the past several weeks -- the team that UCCS fans have come to appreciate. That team uses the entire the field and makes pitchers pay for mistakes.
Sarah McCauley (6-6) took the loss in Game 1, while Libby White (3-3) was tagged with the L in Game 2.
Libby Balough (6-5) allowed two runs on five hits to earn the win for Metro State (19-14, 15-9 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) in Game 1. Jessica Fisher (7-0) allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits for the win in Game 2.
Sarah Rusch hit a three-run homer for Metro State in the opener. Ashley Johnson hit two home runs and drove in four to lead the Roadrunner offenses in the second game.
Tasha Pagdilao provided the only offensive highlight of the opener for UCCS (18-15, 11-11 RMAC) with a two-run homer in the second inning. Rachel Hancock drove in two in the nightcap. Hancock, Pagdilao and Stacy Haney were the only Mountain Lions to get two hits.
A five-run third inning broke open what had been a close 3-2 game and turned the opener into a rout. The Mountain Lions took a 4-3 lead into the fifth inning of Game 2 only to see back-to-back homers by Johnson and Cari Thompson put Metro State up by two.
It was the second time this season that UCCS had suffered a doubleheader sweep. That's something that happened only three times each in 2006 and 2007.
"It happens," said Peterson. "We don't like it."
And then he looked over at his team, which has, to this point, shown an alarming lack of urgency in their approach this year.
"Now the question is: How many of these guys don't like it?"
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