UCCS Comes Up on the Wong End of Record Offensive Night
COLORADO SPRINGS - The Colorado School of Mines Orediggers scored 41 runs on 41 hits to sweep the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 16-10 and 25-18 Wednesday evening at Mountain Lion Field.
Game 2 set new a UCCS record for combined runs in a single game. The previous record was 29, which happened twice (a 25-4 loss to Mesa State on March 17, 1990, and a 26-3 loss, also to Mesa State, on March 25, 1997. It also set a new school mark for most runs scored in a losing effort.
The numbers bordered on comic. Mines hit five home runs, including three by Sarah Van Lingen, in the opener. In the nightcap, Taylor Cayou hit three of the Orediggers five bombs. Mines also hit seven of its eight doubles and a triple in game 2. Cayou also hit two doubles and nine RBIs in the nightcap.
UCCS was also prolific. Stacy Haney, Sarah Cleland and Sarah Brisky each hit home runs in Game 1. Cleland and Katie Johnston each belted two homers in the second game and Tasha Pagdilao hit one.
And as if all that weren't enough, in the sixth inning of the nightcap there was a scene right out of Ã¢â‚¬ËœBull Durham.' With the game already past the two-hour mark, the timer came on, causing a 28-minute delay. That, combined with the offensive display, had games ending just minutes before midnight despite a 5:30 p.m. start.
Cayou went a combined 7-fo-9, while Melissa Stratton, Van Lingen and Jackye Lagen each had five hits.
For UCCS, Cleland went 6-for-11 with 11 RBIs, while Johnston was 5-for-8 and drove in six.
Two errors to begin the sixth inning proved to be pivotal in Game 1. First, Cleland misplayed a slow roller off the bat of Melissa Stratton. Then, Libby White turned Kaleigh Starr's sacrifice bunt attempt into a two bases by airmailing the throw into right field.
What followed was even uglier. Four hits, another error and a walk turned it into a six-run frame that put the Orediggers up 15-10 and, for all intents and purposes, shut the door on UCCS.
The Mountain Lions had scored in each of the first four innings to build a 10-6 lead. Cleland hit a two-run homer in the first and Brisky added a solo shot in the second. UCCS got a two-run shot by Haney and an RBI single by Amanda Hathaway in the third. In the fourth, Cleland and Johnston each had two-run singles.
But that wasn't enough to offset 18 hits and five home runs by Mines, which came into Wednesday's game with an RMAC-best .359 batting average.
The Mountain Lions scored seven times in the first inning of Game 2, but Mines answered with six in the top of the second. The Orediggers added two in the third and three in the fourth to take their first lead.
UCCS made it 13-11 in the bottom of the fourth before Mines retook the lead with four in the fifth. UCCS tied the game at 15 in the bottom half of the inning. Mines got four in the sixth and six in the seventh to take a 10-run lead before UCCS scored three times in the bottom of the seventh.
Mines improved to 34-16, 24-10 in the RMAC. UCCS slid to 22-25, 15-21 in the RMAC.
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