Sweep by Nebraska-Kearney Fitting End to Disappointing Season

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 27, 2008

KEARNEY, Neb. -- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball coach Scott Peterson's most frustrating season as coach of the Mountain Lions mercifully came to an end Sunday as his team lost three games to the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers at Dryden Park.

UCCS would have not only qualified for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs with a four-game sweep of the Lopers this weekend, it would have jumped up to the seventh seed. Instead, it was Nebraska-Kearney (18-26, 17-21 RMAC) that will still be playing on Friday after sweeping the series.

Sunday's first game was the completion of a rain-suspended contest from Saturday. Following Kearney's 3-2 win there, the Lopers took Sunday's regularly scheduled games 3-2 and 6-2.

The 2008 Mountain Lions were the RMAC's preseason pick to win the conference. Instead, UCCS finished with a dismal 15-25 conference record (22-29 overall), ranking 11th in the 12-team RMAC. The Mountain Lions surrendered a conference-worst 346 runs, or a staggering 1.053 per inning pitched.

But Sunday, it was the inability to score runs that hurt UCCS. After averaging 6.6 runs per game coming into the triple-header, the Mountain Lions managed just six runs combined against the Lopers.

Sarah Cleland drove in half of those on two home runs. UCCS' No. 9 through 4 hitters (Sierra Green, Holly Jordan, Brianna Workman, Stacy Haney and Cleland) went a combined 18-for-50 (.360), but the rest of the lineup managed just four hits in 31 at bats.

UNK's Amanda Bell (12-12) earned two wins Sunday and three in the series.

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