Jordan's Shutout Allows UCCS to Avoid Tripleheader Sweep at Chadron State

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 29, 2009

CHADRON, Neb. - Holly Jordan pitched a complete-game shutout to lift the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 4-0 victory in Sundayâ€TMs second game and help the Mountain Lions avoid being swept by the Chadron State Eagles in a tripleheader.

Originally scheduled for doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday, adverse weather forced the postponement of Saturday's games and the cancellation of the fourth game of the series, which was to be played on Monday.

Chadron State won Game 1 3-2 and Game 3 3-1 to improve to 15-20, 8-11 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The Mountain Lions, who have now lost 10 of their past 12 games, fell to last place in the RMAC's Eastern Division and 11th overall in the 12-team conference with a 6-13 mark in RMAC play and 9-18 overall.

Chadron State's Casey Williams, who is second in the RMAC with a 2.21 ERA, outdueled Sarah McCauley (6-7) in Game 1 and Shelby Ballard (1-7) in Game 3 to improve to 11-5 on the season.

UCCS' Jessika Anastos nation-best 17th home run of the season in the opener. No Mountain Lion managed more than a single hit in any of the three games and had just 13 combined.

Jordan (3-3) allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out five to lift UCCS to its lone win on the day. Christina Blanton hit her fifth home run of the season to give UCCS a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. The Mountain Lions added three runs without the benefit of a base hit in the sixth, thanks to a walk, two hit batsmen and two Chadron State errors.

Anastos' two-run, first-inning homer gave UCCS a 2-0 lead in the opener. McCauley made that advantage stand up, surrendering just two hits, until a four-hit, three-run Eagles sixth inning. UCCS left the tying run stranded at second in the seventh.

Williams held the Mountain Lions scoreless through six innings, stranding seven runners including three in scoring position. Jordan's RBI single in the seventh gave UCCS its lone run.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

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.
Shelby BallardShelby Ballard21PFr.
Jessika WilliamsJessika Williams19D
Jessika WilliamsJessika Williams19D
Jessika WilliamsJessika Williams19D
Jessika WilliamsJessika Williams19D
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