Big Seventh Inning Lifts Mountain Lions to Doubleheader Split with Mesa State

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 9, 2009

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Mesa State Mavericks 9-7 in Monday's opener as the two teams split the day's doubleheader.

The Mountain Lions dropped Game 2 6-3. UCCS has now split each of its five schedule doubleheaders this season.

Trailing 5-4 in the opener, Amanda Hathaway opened the Mountain Lions' final at bat with a single. Allie Benkert followed with what would been a sacrifice bunt, but the Mesa State defense attempted, and failed, to get Hathaway at second, giving UCCS runners on first and second. The bases were loaded when Ashley Jordan reached on an error.

Holly Jordan tied the game with an RBI ground out, and the bases were re-leaded when Jessika Anastos was intentionally walked. Sarah McCauley followed by drawing a walk to put the Mountain Lions up 6-5.

Freshman Taryn Duncan dropped a two-run single into left field and, two batters later, Christina Blanton completed the onslaught with an RBI double. UCCS accounted for three of its six hits for the game in the inning.

UCCS got its first run when Ashley Jordan stole home on the back end of a double steal in the first inning. In the third, Anastos belted her 13th home run of the season, a three-run blast to right center.

McCauley (5-2) earned the complete-game victory, allowing just five hits and three walks.

Down 1-0 in the second inning, Megan McGinnis singled through the right side to even the game. An inning later, Tasha Pagdilao drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Mountain Lions a 2-1 lead.

Mesa State answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning highlighted by Lauren Cross' two-run double.

UCCS added one run in the sixth on an RBI single by Holly Jordan, but couldn't maintain any offensive momentum against Mesa State starter Cierra Lard (1-0).

Shelby Ballard (1-5) took the loss for UCCS.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

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
Amanda HathawayAmanda Hathaway17OF
Amanda HathawayAmanda Hathaway17OF
Amanda HathawayAmanda Hathaway17OF
Amanda HathawayAmanda Hathaway17OF
Allie BenkertAllie Benkert5OF/IFFr.
Allie BenkertAllie Benkert5OF/IFFr.
Jessika AnastosJessika Anastos41BJr.
Jessika AnastosJessika Anastos41BJr.
Shelby BallardShelby Ballard21PFr.
Ashley JordanAshley Jordan34CFFr.
Ashley JordanAshley Jordan34CFFr.
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