Anastos Goes Deep Twice as UCCS' Season Comes to an End

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 2, 2010

KEARNEY, Neb. - Jessika Anastos hit two home runs on her final day as a collegiate softball player as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs finished its season by dropping two games to the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers Sunday at Dryden Park.

The Mountain Lions dropped the first game 6-3 and the second 5-1. They finished the season with a 16-32 record overall and 14-26 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Anastos hit one homer in each game to finish the season with 18 home runs and her two-year career as a Mountain Lion with 42, second most in school history. Anastos transferred to UCCS after two seasons at Fort Hays State.

UCCS' other two seniors also played well. Stacy Ortiz pitched in relief in both games, allowing just one run in 4 1/3 innings. She also struck out three, pushing her career total to 234, which is second most in school history. Julie Jenkins started the second game in right field and went 1-for-3 to finish her final season with a career-best .286 batting average.

Having been eliminated from contention for a berth in the RMAC playoffs on Saturday, UCCS coach Scott Peterson used his bench liberally on Sunday. All 19 players on the UCCS roster saw action.

Lara Mathewson went 4-for-4 in the opener and finished the day 4-for-7. Amanda Hathaway went a combined 3-for-7.

Cassie Keck and Kelsey Smith hit solo home runs in the second and third innings respectively to give the Lopers a 2-0 lead in the opener. Anastos' two-run shot to right center tied the game in the top of the fifth.

Nebraska-Kearney finally solved the puzzle that was UCCS starter Jenna Mott (8-8) in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs on six hits. Fatigue certainly played a part since Mott pitched both games on Saturday as well.

Hathaway's solo home run in the seventh cut the gap to 6-3 but didn't ignite a Mountain Lion rally.

Anastos led off the second inning of the nightcap with a solo home run to give UCCS a 1-0 lead. Nebraska-Kearney answered with two runs each in the second and third innings and another in the fourth.

Becky Dunn (5-9) got the win in the opener for Nebraska-Kearney (15-28, 14-19 RMAC). Kirstie Hiatt (8-11) was the Game 2 winner. Sarah McCauley (3-10) took the loss for UCCS in the second game.

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