Mountain Lions Swept by CSU-Pueblo

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 21, 2009

PUEBLO - Jessika Anastos reached base six times in seven plate appearances but that proved to be the lone bright spot as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was swept Saturday by the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves at Rawlings Sports Complex.

Anastos had four hits in as many at bats as UCCS dropped the opener 7-3. The junior had two walks in three trips to the plate as the Mountain Lions were blown out 14-1 in five innings in Game 2.

Anastos and Tasha Pagdilao accounted for seven of the Mountain Lions' eight hits in the opener. Anastos went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Pagdilao went 3-for-3. Freshman Taryn Duncan had the only other UCCS hit.

The Thunderwolves had a bases-loaded walk in the first and Ashley Aldrich's two-run single in the second. Aldrich's two-run homer capped a three-run fourth that gave CSU-Pueblo a 6-0 lead.

UCCS cut the lead in half with three in the top of the fifth but could get no closer.

Sarah McCauley (6-5) took the loss for UCCS (9-15, 6-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), which has lost six of its past seven. Amber Higby (6-5) got the win for CSU-Pueblo (14-10, 7-7 RMAC).

Game 2 was over before everybody returned from the concession stand. The Thunderwolves batted around before UCCS starter Holly Jordan (2-2) recorded an out. By the end of the first, CSU-Pueblo led 10-0 after sending 14 batters to the plate.

The Thunderwolves added a run in the second and three more in the third.

The Mountain Lions' lone run came by way of a Megan McGinnis RBI single in the top of the fifth.

Because of the sweep, the Mountain Lions must now win both of Sunday's games in order to wrap up the Steel & Silver Series for 2008-09. UCCS currently leads the rivalry series against CSU-Pueblo 22-8, but if the Thuinderwolves win either of Sunday's games, they will get all four points for softball. Two points remain for men's golf, four for women's outdoor track & field and five for the highest cumulative grade-point average.

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
Jessika AnastosJessika Anastos41BJr.
Jessika AnastosJessika Anastos41BJr.
Megan McGinnisMegan McGinnis9LFFr.
Megan McGinnisMegan McGinnis9LFFr.
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