Pagdilao's Walk-Off Home Run Allows Mountain Lions to Gain Split
COLORADO SPRINGS - Tasha Pagdilao hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning one of five Mountain Lion homers in the game to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 7-6 win over the Fort Lewis Skyhawks and a split of Sunday's softball doubleheader at Mountain Lion Field.
Fort Lewis got the dingers in Game 2, belting four out in a 15-12 win. The teams combined for 12 home runs on the day.
UCCS' Jessika Anastos hit three of those home runs, giving her 11 for the season in just 12 games, and drove in five on the day.
"I go up with the same mindset every at bat; I just want to get hard contact," said Anastos. "I just keep it simple and that's paying off, I guess."
It's also paying off for the Mountain Lions as Anastos is hitting .486 with an astronomical 1.543 slugging percentage. The junior from Broomfield transferred to UCCS after two seasons at Fort Hays State, the second of which she was named first-team All-American by Daktronics.
"I like coach and I like the environment here," said Anastos when asked why she chose UCCS. "I just like the team atmosphere and the way everything is run here. I like playing in Colorado; it's where I'm from."
Ashley Jordan went a combined 4-for-9 with five RBIs for UCCS (5-7, 2-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) Sunday, while Holly Jordan and Amanda Hathaway each went 4-for-8.
Denae Benally was the hitting star for Fort Lewis (5-5, 2-2 RMAC), going 6-for-9 with two home runs (both in Game 2) and seven RBIs.
All but one of UCCS' runs in the opener came as a result of the long ball Sarah McCauley's RBI single in the third inning. Ashley Jordan and Anastos each hit solo homers in the first. Then, trailing 6-3 in the seventh, Hathaway poked one out to right field. With two outs in the inning, Anastos drilled a game-tying, two-run shot to straightaway center.
Pagdilao led off the eighth and ripped the first pitch she saw over the left field fence.
"I was struggling in the beginning (of the game), so I went up there with the mentality to jump on the first pitch if it was there, go for it," said Pagdilao. "That's what I did."
Shelby Ballard pitched 4 2/3 innings of five-hit, one-run relief to earn the win for UCCS. Alyssa Rahm took the loss for Fort Lewis.
Game 2 was what RMAC fans may become accustomed to seeing this season, as conference hitters look to be far advanced of the pitchers at this juncture. Add the hitters' haven that is Mountain Lion Field and it's an explosive mix.
And explosive it was. The teams combined for 27 hits, 11 walks and two hit batters. Aside from the runs, the teams also left 15 runners stranded.
Rahm (4-2) and Ballard (1-3) were again the pitchers of record in Game 2.
"Up and down the entire RMAC it's going to be like this," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson of the high scores. "We've seen it in the pre-conference tournament.
"Right now, I don't think anybody's got that one (pitcher) who can come in and shut somebody down. We saw it last weekend and we saw it in some of the scores yesterday."
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