Anastos, Jordan Help Mountain Lions Salvage Split Against Adams State

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 15, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS - Jessika Anastos hit her nation-leading 16th home run of the season and Holly Jordan was effective at pitcher as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs defeated the Adams State Grizzlies 6-4 and salvage a split of Sunday's doubleheader.

Adams State hit five home runs to win the opener 12-6.

Anastos also hit a homer in the opener and finished the day 3-for-7 with four RBIs. Catcher Tasha Pagdilao went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs.

"I'm just going up there and attacking the ball," said Pagdilao.

It was Anastos who broke a scoreless tie with a three-run shot to center field in the fourth inning of Game 2. That lead was doubled in the fifth as Sarah McCauley hit a two-run homer and, two batters later, Pagdilao hit a solo homer.

"It's always better when we have a lead because you feel like you have that momentum," said Jordan. "As a pitcher, it's easier to focus better (when you have the lead)."

That focus was on display as Jordan (2-1) breezed through the first five innings, allowing only three hits. The Grizzlies got two back in the sixth on a Denee Johnson sacrifice fly and a Becky Berends RBI double. Adams State (8-5, 7-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) got two more runs on four hits in the seventh but recorded the third out with runners stranded at second and third.

It was Jordan's first start since March 1 and only her fourth of the season. One of the best high school pitchers in Colorado from 2002-05, Jordan's return to form would be a huge boost to the Mountain Lions' chances of reaching the RMAC playoffs.

"I hadn't been pitching for awhile because I've been concentrating on playing outfield," said Jordan. "I really wanted to step up my game. I wanted to stand out and make this a win."

She also said she hoped to be a big part of UCCS' pitching plans as the season wears on.

"I definitely have the confidence right now, so hopefully I'll be put in," said Jordan.

The Grizzlies blew open a close 3-1 game in the opener with nine runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings, during which they hit five home runs. For the game, Adams State had 13 hits, walked six times and were hit by a pitch four times. UCCS starter Sarah McCauley (6-4) gave up five of those walks and all of the hit batsmen.

UCCS (9-13, 6-8 RMAC) opened the scoring in the first inning on Jessika Anastos' nation-leading 15th home run of the season. The Mountain Lions turned three walks, an error and a Holly Jordan RBI single into three runs in the fifth and added Tasha Pagdilao's two-run homer in the sixth.

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Tasha PagdilaoTasha Pagdilao2C/IFFr.
Tasha PagdilaoTasha Pagdilao3CSo.
Tasha PagdilaoTasha Pagdilao3CJr.
Holly JordanHolly Jordan14P/OF
Holly JordanHolly Jordan14P/OF
Jessika AnastosJessika Anastos41BJr.
Jessika AnastosJessika Anastos41BJr.
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