Angry Thunderwolves, Ill Mountain Lions an Explosive Combo as UCCS Drops Pair
COLORADO SPRINGS - The combination of an angry Colorado State-Pueblo team and a flu-ridden University of Colorado at Colorado side had predictable results as the Thunderwolves scored a 14-4, 16-1 doubleheader sweep Monday at Mountain Lion Field.
CSU-Pueblo, which came into the weekend ranked 32nd nationally, was still stinging from two losses to the Mountain Lions on Sunday, including one as the result of a three-run, walk-off home run by UCCS' Christina Blanton.
"If you took a poll of 100 people with the way things are going right now, 99 wouldn't have thought we could have gotten a split," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson, whose team is now 8-18, 5-12 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. "Forget the score, it doesn't matter if it's 16-1 or 2-1; we got two games and they got two games."
To counter the peeved Puebloans, the Mountain Lions came into Monday with first baseman Jessika Anastos, second baseman Lara Mathewson, shortstop Traci Everett and left fielder Kailey Hernandez all suffering visibly from a nasty stomach bug. The four played in the opener with mixed results, but all were sent home before the nightcap.
"We lost four starters," said Peterson. "We had four kids that were sick in the first game and if they were healthy, it might have been a different ballgame."
The anger/illness perfect storm didn't hit immediately. In fact, the Mountain Lions led 4-2 after four innings as UCCS starting pitcher Stacy Ortiz held the Thunderwolves to just one hit over that span and Anastos and Christina Blanton hit back-to-back homers with Anastos' being a three-run shot.
Then things got ugly very, very ugly.
CSU-Pueblo solved the Ortiz riddle. Then the Thunderwolves quickly tagged reliever Sarah McCauley. Then they pounded Game 2 starter Jenna Mott. Over the final three innings of the first game and the first three of the second, CSU-Pueblo went off for 24 runs.
Lacey Chesser led CSU-Pueblo (14-8, 10-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with eight RBIs, including a grand slam in the opener, on 5-for-9 hitting. Kelly Purcell added a grand slam in Game 2 and finished with six RBIs on 4-for-6 hitting. Dannielle Oliva went 4-for-6 with a homer and three driven in, Justine Bosio was 4-for-7 with four RBIs, while Bo Nuanez, Carlie Lucas and Annalyse Garcia each had three hits.
The four players affected by illness are hitting a combined .312 with 68 RBIs and make up three-fourths of the UCCS starting infield.
UCCS' only run in Game 2 came on an RBI single by Erin Milburn in the fourth inning.
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