UCCS Swept by Adams State

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 14, 2009


COLORADO SPRINGS - The Adams State Grizzlies hit seven home runs, all but one multi-run shots, to sweep the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 5-3 and 13-4 Saturday at Mountain Lion Field.

Courtney Davis hit three of those home runs. The senior from Stockton, Calif., hit a two-run shot in the first inning of Game 1, and then came back to drill two- and three-run homers in Game 2. Denee Johnson added a grand slam and a two-run homer in Game 2, while Alexis Araza added to the second-game blowout with a two-run shot. The only Adams State solo homer was hit by Shannon Galanek in Game 1.

The Mountain Lions (8-12, 5-7 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) hit four home runs themselves, but all were solo shots.

The Grizzlies improved to 7-4 and a perfect 6-0 against RMAC opponents.

Game 1 saw a big-time performance by UCCS' Sarah McCauley wasted. The sophomore struck out eight over seven innings, allowing just six hits and a walk. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate with two home runs and a double.

But, thanks largely to three Mountain Lion errors that led to two unearned runs, Adams State was able to come away with the 5-3 win.

"It's going to take 14 players to get where we need to go," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "Today, Mac was the only one who really played.

"We should have had the first game. The second game we just got beat."

McCauley (6-3) struggled early, walking the leadoff hitter and, two batters later, giving up a two-run homer to Davis. She settled in afterwards, though, retiring 13 of the next 14 Adams State hitters.

The Mountain Lions got one back in the fourth inning on McCauley's solo shot to left off ASC starter Davis (3-3). They tied it an inning later when pinch runner Janean Jubic dove over the catcher to score on Ashley Jordan's single.

After the Grizzlies scored in the top of the sixth, UCCS answered in the bottom of the inning on McCauley's second homer of the game the second time this season she's gone deep twice in a game.

Adams State got one in the seventh on an RBI single by Johnson and a second on a two-error play by the UCCS defense. The Mountain Lions went down in order to end the game.

The Mountain Lions took the lead in Game 2 on Christina Blanton's solo homer in the second inning. After three Adams State runs in the top of the third, Ashley Jordan hit another solo homer to cut the deficit to 3-2. Amanda Hathaway's two-run single in the fourth put UCCS up by one.

But that lead was short-lived. The Grizzlies hit three two-run homers in the fifth and Johnson belted her grand slam in the sixth to blow the game open.

Shelby Ballard (1-6) took the loss for UCCS. Sarah Lindquist (4-1) got the win.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Sarah McCauleySarah McCauley7P/IF
Sarah McCauleySarah McCauley7P/IF
Sarah McCauleySarah McCauley7P/IF
Shelby BallardShelby Ballard21PFr.
Ashley JordanAshley Jordan34CFFr.
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Janean JubicJanean Jubic1OF
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