Mountain Lions Split Doubleheader Against Fort Lewis
COLORADO SPRINGS - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs scored 10 runs with only four hits to defeat Fort Lewis 10-2 and salvage a split of Saturday's doubleheader against the Skyhawks.
Fort Lewis (4-4, 1-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) won the opener 12-8.
UCCS' first three runs in the nightcap were scored without the benefit of a hit. A walk by Skyhawks' starter Stephanie Janes (1-3) and two Fort Lewis errors accounted for two runs in the first inning. In the third, UCCS' Sarah McCauley reached on an error, advanced to second on a walk, went to third on a double steal and scored on a wild pitch. Tasha Pagdilao followed with a two-run homer to give UCCS (4-6, 1-1 RMAC) a 5-1 lead.
After Fort Lewis added a run in the fifth, the Mountain Lions answered loudly in the bottom of the inning. Holly Jordan hit a two-run homer to left center before Jessika Anastos scored on Fort Lewis' fourth error. Christina Blanton followed with a two-run single that brought the eight-run rule into effect.
"I thought we had more than four hits," laughed UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "We didn't get a lot of hits, but we got key hits."
Holly Jordan (1-1) pitched her best game of the season, allowing just four hits and striking out five in five innings.
UCCS' Game 1 starter, Sarah McCauley, didn't fare as well. The Skyhawks strung together 19 hits, including two home runs by Stevie Benedict, and drew seven walks.
"The first game, we needed to pitch better; Sarah knows that," said Peterson. "Sarah's a good pitcher, she just had a bad outing. Holly backer her up in the second game and did a nice job. Holly pitched a really nice ballgame."
UCCS led 2-1 after one inning of the first game and 4-3 after three as Sarah McCauley and Jessika Anastos each belted a two-run homer.
The Skyhawks added runs in the fourth and fifth before scoring three in the sixth and four by way of a Benedict grand slam in the seventh.
For UCCS, Ashley Jordan belted a solo home run in the fifth, Amanda Hathaway had a sacrifice fly in the sixth and Anastos hit her second long ball of the day, a two-run shot, in the seventh.
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