Regis Assaulted by UCCS Battery as Mountain Lions Manage Split

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 24, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS - The Mountain Lions were guilty of battery Saturday.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' battery of pitcher Jenna Mott and catcher Erin Milburn did most of the damage as the Mountain scored a 7-3 victory in the opener and went on to split their doubleheader against the Regis Rangers at Mountain Lion Field.

In Game 2, UCCS couldn't hold a five-run lead and lost 9-8 in nine innings.

"That was a tough loss," said Milburn. "It was a good game, but we probably should have come out on top."

Mott held Regis to seven hits and two walks while striking out five. The freshman has posted a 4.40 ERA in her nine starts so far this season, significantly better that UCCS' 7.91 team ERA.

"I'm getting a lot more comfortable," said Mott. "At the beginning of the year I was nervous. More experience is making me a lot more comfortable."

Milburn, meanwhile, had four RBIs, doubling her season total. Also a freshman, Milburn hit her first career home run, a two-run shot that hit the top of the fence and bounced over, in the fourth inning. She added a two-run single in the fifth.

"That was awesome," said Milburn of her first dinger. "I didn't think it was going to go over."

Freshmen hitters often take a little time to adjust to collegiate pitching and, for Milburn, that period came to an end 19 games ago. Over that span, she's hit .366 after opening the season at .122 over the first 23 games.

UCCS also got two RBI singles by Traci Everett and a run-scoring double by Christina Blanton in Saturday's opener.

Four of the runs allowed by Regis starter Bianca Holley (9-12) were earned. She struck out seven and walked three.

Regis' best player, Alisa Heronema, came to bat six times in the nightcap and the Rangers scored in each of those innings. Regis overcame a 7-2 UCCS lead to beat the Mountain Lions in extra innings. Heronema had four hits in five at bats, reached on a hit by pitch and scored three times.

Heronema, factored into each of the Rangers' first two runs. The junior from Berthoud led the game off with a double and alertly took third on Megan McGinnis' errant throw. She scored on a ground out by Shannon Massine. In the second inning, Heronema's single to right got Amber Aragon-Autobee to third base, where she also scored on an RBI groundout by Massine.

The Mountain Lions countered with a Jessika Anastos solo home run in the first and a six-run, five-hit second inning highlighted by a two-run triple by Blanton.

UCCS gave back most of its advantage in the fourth, surrendering four runs on just two hits thanks to two walks, a hit batter and an error. Regis completed the comeback an inning later as Aragon-Autobee led off the frame with a triple and scored on a two-out single by Nikki Haberkorn.

The Mountain Lions regained the lead on a Lara Mathewson RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, but the Rangers sent the game into extra innings when Heronema scored on a UCCS error, one of four in the game.

After a scoreless eighth, Aragon-Autobee led off the ninth with a single to center, which was followed by a bunt single by Heronema. Massine bunted both over before an RBI groundout by Breanna Backlund provided the winning run.

Haberkorn (7-10) allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings to relief to earn the win. Mott (6-6) returned to throw three effective innings in the second game, but the lone run she allowed tagged her with the loss.

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