Blanton Goes Deep Three Times to Lift Mountain Lions to Two Wins Over Regis

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 20, 2009

DENVER - Christina Blanton went 6-for-11 with three home runs and eight RBIs to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to two wins in a tripleheader against the Regis Rangers Monday at Regis Softball Field.

Regis won the first game 7-3 before UCCS came back to win the final two 11-6 and 6-5.

Jessika Anastos went 6-for-10 with two home runs for the Mountain Lions (14-24, 11-19 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). Anastos now has 22 home runs this season and leads the nation with 0.58 home runs per game. The NCAA Division II record is 0.52, set by UCCS' own Crystal Krebs in 2004.

The series was originally scheduled for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. This past weekend's storm forced both to be canceled and the tripleheader was scheduled instead.

The Mountain Lions rallied for five runs in the eighth inning to win the third game after Regis (28-20, 20-13 RMAC) had scored two in the seventh to send it to the extra inning. After Ashley Jordan walked and a throwing error put her on second and Janean Jubic on first, Anastos drilled an RBI single up the middle to give UCCS an 8-7 lead. Tasha Pagdilao followed with an RBI double before Blanton's single brought home the inning's third run. Tarayn Duncan's ground out allowed Pagdilao to score and then Amanda Hathaway capped the inning with a single to bring home Blanton.

The Mountain Lions had led 6-1 in the game, but Regis rallied for three runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh to tie. Holly Jordan (4-4) earned the win for UCCS.

Anastos and Blanton each hit homers in the first inning of Game 2 to give UCCS a 3-0 lead. After Regis cut the lead to one, Pagdilao and Sarah McCauley added RBI singles in the fifth to make it 5-2. Blanton added a solo homer in the seventh to give the Mountain Lions just enough cushion to withstand the Rangers' two-run rally in the bottom half of the inning.

Shelby Ballard (3-8) struck out seven and scattered 11 hits to get the win for UCCS.

Blanton also gave UCCS the early lead in the opener with her first-inning, bases-loaded walk. Regis answered with runs in the second, third and fourth innings and then tacked on three more in the fifth. Blantonâ€TMs two-run homer in the seventh wasn't enough to close the deficit.

UCCS left the bases loaded in the first, third and sixth innings. McCauley (7-10) took the loss despite allowing just three earned runs.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22IFJr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22CSr.
Tasha PagdilaoTasha Pagdilao2C/IFFr.
Tasha PagdilaoTasha Pagdilao3CSo.
Tasha PagdilaoTasha Pagdilao3CJr.
Holly JordanHolly Jordan14P/OF
Holly JordanHolly Jordan14P/OF
Sarah McCauleySarah McCauley7P/IF
Sarah McCauleySarah McCauley7P/IF
Sarah McCauleySarah McCauley7P/IF
Jessika AnastosJessika Anastos41BJr.
Jessika AnastosJessika Anastos41BJr.
Shelby BallardShelby Ballard21PFr.
Christina BlantonChristina Blanton83BFr.
Christina BlantonChristina Blanton83BFr.
Christina BlantonChristina Blanton83BFr.
Janean JubicJanean Jubic1OF
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