Anastos Hits Three Home Runs as UCCS Manages Split on First Day of Tournament

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 20, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jessika Anastos went 5-for-5 all for extra bases and hit a walk-off grand slam to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 17-6 win over the University of Mary Marauders Friday morning in the Mountain Lions' first game at the 2009 RMAC/NSIC Softball Crossover Tournament.

UCCS was pounded 13-1 by Minnesota-Duluth Friday afternoon to split the day's games.

Anastos had two doubles, a triple and a home run while driving in eight runs and scoring four more. Her grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning forced the NCAA's eight-run mercy rule into effect.

Sarah McCauley (2-0) earned the win for UCCS, allowing six runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. Shelby Ballard threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the save.

Anastos and Christina Blanton hit back-to-back doubles in the first inning to give UCCS the early lead of Mary starter Ashley Watson (1-2). Jenna Straight had a two-run single and Anastos added a two-run double in the second as the Mountain Lions went up 5-0.

After back-to-back homers by Maegan Lunn and Dre Brunskill keyed a four-run third for the Marauders, Straight had an RBI groundout in the bottom half of the inning to make it 6-4. An inning later, Anastos tripled and came home on a Blanton double as the Mountain Lions' lead grew to 7-4.

Mary cut the lead to one on a two-run homer by Samantha Antolin in the fifth, but Anastos restored the margin with a two-run shot of her own in the bottom of the inning.

The Mountain Lions had already added four more runs in the sixth when Anastos ended it with a grand slam to right field.

Anastos added a third home run for the day in UCCS' second game, a solo shot in the fourth, but that was all the offense the Mountain Lions (2-2) could muster.

Minnesota-Duluth scored twice in the first and added six in the third to chase starter Ballard (0-1). Five more runs in the fifth brought the mercy rule into play.

The Mountain Lions will face Wayne State and Winona State on Saturday, the second of the tournament's three days.

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