UCCS, Mines Exchange Comeback Wins
COLORADO SPRINGS - Jessika Anastos' two-run homer capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs beat the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers 7-6 in Wednesday's opener and went on the split the doubleheader.
It was Mines that mounted the comeback in Game 2, overcoming a 6-1 deficit to win 10-9.
"We're happy with the first win, but we left another win out on the field," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "We had opportunities; we didn't get it done."
Anastos went 5-for-8 with three RBIs in the doubleheader, while Christina Blanton went 4-for-7 with two home runs and three RBIs and Ashley Jordan was 4-for-7 with three RBIs.
Trailing 6-3 in the opener, Blanton opened the Mountain Lions' half of the sixth with a solo home run. The next batter, Amanda Hathaway, reached on an error, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on Jordan's single through the right side. With two outs, Anastos hit her 14th home run of the season to give UCCS its first lead of the game.
"We just told them that we've got to keep putting the bat on the ball," said Peterson. "That's the second time we've won a game in the (final) inning."
The Orediggers (15-10, 7-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) got runners on first and third in the seventh, but UCCS starter Sarah McCauley (6-2) struck out Jackye Lagen to end the game. Three of the six runs allowed by McCauley were earned. She struck out seven.
UCCS (8-10, 5-5 RMAC) was trailing 4-0 going into the bottom of the fourth, but closed to within one. The first run came when a Blanton double drove home Taryn Duncan. Megan McGinnis followed with an RBI ground out that brought home Tasha Pagdilao. The rally was capped when Ashley Jordan's single drove in Blanton.
Kaleigh Starr belted a solo home run in the seventh inning, her second of the game, to provide the winning margin for the Orediggers in Game 2.
The Mountain Lions opened the game with five runs in the first. Ashley Jordan hit a leadoff homer and, four batters later, Duncan hit a two-run double. Pagdilao capped the rally with a two-run home run.
Anastos' RBI single in the second made it 6-1.
Mines answered with four runs in the third before taking a 7-6 lead with two more in the fourth.
The Mountain Lions retook the lead as Blanton and Hathaway hit back-to-back homers with Blanton's being a two-run shot.
Sarah Van Lingen tied the game at nine with a two-run homer in the sixth before Starr provided the game-winner an inning later.
McGinnis (0-1) took the loss for UCCS in Game 2. Katie Kocman (8-5) got both decisions in relief for Mines.
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