Mines Sweep Extends Mountain Lions Losing Streak to Six Games

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 9, 2008


GOLDEN -- The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs extended its losing streak to six games after dropping 9-1 and 13-12 decisions to the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers Wednesday at CSM Softball Field.

It's the longest losing streak for the Mountain Lions since they lost six straight from April 19-23, 2006. UCCS has not had a losing streak of greater than six games since 2003, when the team had losing streaks of nine and eight games. The 2003 team finished with a record of 22-26.

Although the downslide continued, UCCS coach Scott Peterson was far from dismayed after Wednesday's second game. Down 7-0, UCCS rallied for five runs. Down 10-5, the Mountain Lions scored three. Trailing 13-8 in the seventh inning, UCCS scored four but couldn't complete the comeback.

"In nine years, this is the most encouraging loss I've had," said Peterson. "It's been a rough stretch. We were down and we could have rolled over but instead, we came back.

"This is good -- not the loss -- but this is encouraging that we came back the way we did."

The sweep helped Mines set a new school wins record with 25 against 15 losses. The Orediggers also improved to 15-9 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and stayed perfect at home (12-0) this season.

UCCS fell to 18-19, 11-15 in the RMAC.

Sarah Cleland went 2-for-5 with five RBIs to lead the UCCS offense in Game 2. Her clutch, three-run double in the seventh cut the deficit to one. Katie Johnston went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a solo home run to start the seventh-inning rally.

Katie Kocman led Mines with three RBIs in Game 2, while four Orediggers had two RBIs each. Liz Kramer was credited with the win for the Orediggers.

While UCCS starter Libby White (3-5) and reliever Stacy Ortiz were tagged for a bunch of runs, Ortiz in particular actually pitched well.

"It sound crazy with all the runs, but Stacy pitched good," said Peterson. "She was throwing good pitches; they were just hitting them. You have to give them credit."

The Mountain Lions scored first in Game 1. After Brianna Workman's one-out single in the first inning, Stacy Haney drilled a triple over right fielder Stacie Erbes' head. Haney, though, was left stranded at third.

After a two-run homer by Jennifer Newman gave Mines the lead in the second inning, the Orediggers scored six times on five hits -- including two more home runs -- in the third. Gina Ross' solo shot in the bottom of the sixth made it 9-1, bringing the NCAA's run rule into play.

Haney had two of the three hits allowed by Mines starter Kocman (8-5) in the opener. Holly Jordan (4-2) took the loss for UCCS.

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