Ortiz Gem Wasted as Metro State Completes Series Sweep of UCCS

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 6, 2008

DENVER - A brilliant pitching performance by Stacy Ortiz was wasted as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs dropped two more games to Metro State Sunday, handing the Roadrunners a four-game sweep of the weekend series.

The Mountain Lions dropped Game 1 8-5 before losing 1-0 in the second game.

Ortiz (5-6) allowed just four hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings. The only run she allowed came on an RBI groundout by Caitlyn Jenks in the fifth inning.

But she was outdueled by Metro State's Casey Thompson (7-2), who threw a three-hit shutout.

With the wins, Metro State accomplished something that has been done only twice in the past five years -- a four-game sweep of UCCS. The only other time since 2003 that the Mountain Lions dropped all four games of a series was April 22-23, 2006, when Regis gave them the broom treatment.

But there are few similarities between the two sweeps. In 2006, UCCS had the misfortune to face a Regis juggernaught that was on its way to a 34-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record and a conference championship. The sweep of UCCS was a part of a 20-game Regis winning streak.

Metro State, a good but not a great team, is no such powerhouse. The Roadrunners were the benefactors of good timing, catching UCCS in a downward spiral that has seen the RMAC's preseason favorites win just five of its past 16 games.

And this vortex could well sweep UCCS to the oblivion of an early vacation as well. First place is no longer an issue; the Mountain Lions are now face-to-face with the very real possibility of missing the playoffs altogether. UCCS dropped to ninth in the RMAC standings and is just a one one-thousandth of a percentage point ahead of 10th-place Chadron State. Only eight teams advance to the RMAC playoffs.

UCCS is now 11-13 in RMAC play and 18-17 overall.

Tasha Pagdilao's two-run home run in the second inning tied the opener at 2-2. Metro State (21-14, 17-9 RMAC) answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning as UCCS starter Libby White (3-4) walked five batters.

Libby Balough (7-5) got the win for Metro State. Jessica Fisher pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the save.

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