McCauley Belts Two as Mountain Lions Split Doubleheader Against Mesa State

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 8, 2009

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Sarah McCauley hit two home runs and pitched a complete game to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 7-5 win in Sunday's opener and a doubleheader split with the Mesa State Mavericks Sunday at Bergman Field.

The Mountain Lions allowed four runs in the sixth inning to drop the nightcap 6-5.

Two hits, two walks, a passed ball, a wild pitch and an error gifted the Mavericks three runs in the first inning of the opener. Mesa State also added single runs in the second and third inning. UCCS got two back in the second by way of sacrifices. Amanda Hathaway drove in one with a fly ball and Julie Jenkins bunted another home.

The Mountain Lions got another in the third on a Tasha Pagdilao RBI single.

Trailing 5-3, Jessika Anastos belted a two-run homer and McCauley followed with a solo shot. Two innings later, McCauley added another solo homer

McCauley (4-2) allowed eight hits and six walks but was able to limit Mesa State to just four earned runs.

UCCS took the early lead in Game 2 as Ashley Jordan led the game off with a home run. Two innings later, UCCS made it 4-0 as Christina Blanton hit a two-run double and Jordan added an RNI single.

UCCS starter Shelby Ballard (1-4) baffled Mesa State for three innings but the Mavericks solved the riddle in the fourth, getting two runs before adding four more in the fifth. The Mountain Lions were unable to get a runner past first base in the final two innings as reliever Gabriella Parra (1-2) shut them down.

The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday but, because of inclement weather, it was postponed to Sunday and Monday. The two teams will play again Monday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Mountain Lions have now split all four of their scheduled doubleheaders this season.

Anastos now has 12 home runs in just 14 games this season and is hitting .442. Sixteen of her 19 hits have gone for extra bases, resulting in an astronomical 1.395 slugging percentage.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Tasha PagdilaoTasha Pagdilao2C/IFFr.
Tasha PagdilaoTasha Pagdilao3CSo.
Tasha PagdilaoTasha Pagdilao3CJr.
Sarah McCauleySarah McCauley7P/IF
Sarah McCauleySarah McCauley7P/IF
Sarah McCauleySarah McCauley7P/IF
Amanda HathawayAmanda Hathaway17OF
Amanda HathawayAmanda Hathaway17OF
Amanda HathawayAmanda Hathaway17OF
Amanda HathawayAmanda Hathaway17OF
Jessika AnastosJessika Anastos41BJr.
Jessika AnastosJessika Anastos41BJr.
Shelby BallardShelby Ballard21PFr.
Ashley JordanAshley Jordan34CFFr.
Ashley JordanAshley Jordan34CFFr.
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