Pagdilao's Grand Slam Helps UCCS Gain Split Against No. 10-Ranked Metro State
Tasha Pagdilao hit a grand slam as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs beat the No. 10-ranked Metro State Roadrunners 12-6 in Friday's opener and went on to a doubleheader split.
Metro State hit eight home runs, the most ever given up by UCCS in a game, to win Game 2 15-3 in five innings.
After surrendering three unearned runs in the first inning of the opener, the Mountain Lions came back with a vengeance, logging eight in their half of the second capped by Pagdilao's grand slam. The charmed inning also saw UCCS also get a two-run single by Ashley Jordan and RBI hits by Sarah McCauley and Megan McGinnis.
How right did things go? During the inning, McGinnis and Janean Jubic had back-to-back base hits. That pair came into the game a combined 3-for-39 on the season. UCCS also benefitted from a Metro State fielding gaffe when pitcher Christie Robinson tried, and failed, to throw out a lead runner at third instead of getting the easy out at first and McGinnis' twisting slide at home to avoid the tag of catcher Lauren Hainlen.
Jubic apparently liked the whole base-hit thing. The junior, who joined the softball team after basketball season ended after not having played for three years, went 3-for-3 to raise her season batting average from.056 to .190.
Metro State got two runs back in the third, but UCCS answered with Holly Jordan's three-run homer in the fourth. The final run came when Christina Blanton drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.
The Mountain Lions pounded Robinson, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's top pitcher, for 12 earned runs in five innings. It was Robinson's second loss of the season against 17 wins.
"She had only lost one game on the year; that's got to say something about us," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson.
Sarah McCauley allowed six runs, three earned, to earn the win for UCCS and improve to 7-7.
Through four innings, the teams had combined for 16 runs while leaving only two runners stranded. UCCS had left no runners on base and had scored 11 runs.
"The first game, we came out prepared to play the No. 1 ranked team in the (Central) region and one of the top teams in the country and it showed," said Peterson. "We had a lot of energy and made some great adjustments with their pitcher."
That energy didn't last. Metro State (29-7, 22-4 RMAC) got two home runs each from Tara Mickelson, Sarah Rusch and Jessica Haab plus one each from Amber Roundtree and Corrie Nishikida. The eight home runs surrendered eclipsed the previous record of six hit by Colorado State-Pueblo on April 19, 2006.
Roundtree added two doubles while Mickelson and Rusch each had four RBIs.
"It seemed like we were content with the first win," said Peterson. "We just didn't pitch well in the second game. All three girls gave up a lot of pitches right down the middle â€" they had 14 hits and eight of them left the park."
Twelve of the Roadrunners' 15 runs came home by way of the long ball.
Brittany Moss (10-5) struck out seven to earn the run-rule shortened win for Metro State. Holly Jordan (3-4) took the loss for UCCS.
Jessika Anastos hit her 18th home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning. The UCCS junior is averaging a nation-leading 0.58 home runs per game and is still on pace to break the NCAA Division II record held by another UCCS legend, Crystal Krebs (0.52 HR/game in 2004).
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