Blanton's Homers Go to Waste as Martinez, Cowgirls Sweep UCCS
COLORADO SPRINGS - Andin Moran's bases-loaded single in extra innings pushed the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls to a 7-5 win in Sunday's second game and a doubleheader sweep of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs at Mountain Lion Field.
New Mexico Highlands beat the Mountain Lions 7-1 in the opener.
Missy Martinez (4-1) earned the win in both games. The freshman from Albuquerque threw a complete game in the opener, striking out 10 while allowing seven walks and four hits. She came back to throw three scoreless innings of one-hit relief in the nightcap.
Martinez was the pitcher of record in all three of the Cowgirls' wins in the four-game weekend series. She struck out 25 in 16 innings. Remarkably, none of the 17 batters she walked scored. Four of the five runs she allowed came on solo home runs.
It was one such solo homer by Christina Blanton in the sixth inning that accounted for the Mountain Lions' lone run in the opener. The other three UCCS hits, all singles, all belonged to Lara Mathewson.
After scoring once in the second inning, the Cowgirls got home runs by the Groff sisters, Tanya and Kelsey, in a four-run third. Highlands scored on a wild pitch in the fifth before Chanel Ewing added a solo shot in the sixth.
RBI singles in the second inning of the nightcap gave UCCS (4-9, 1-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) by Amanda Hathaway and Kailey Hernandez put the Mountain Lions up 2-1. Highlands countered with a run in the third and Samantha Butler's three-run double in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead.
Ashley Jordan led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer, her first of the season. One out later, Hathaway added a solo shot to cut the gap to one. Blanton's solo shot in the fifth tied it.
UCCS managed just one baserunner over the final three innings, including the extra frame, against Martinez.
"That was a good ballgame," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson after the second game. "We had a lot of chances; we just left too many runners on base (seven).
"They played better than us today. We'll be back."
Sarah McCauley (2-5) took the loss for UCCS in the opener. Stacy Ortiz (2-4) took the tough-luck loss in the nightcap.
"Stacy pitched a great game," said Peterson. "It's unfortunate that we couldn't give her a little more offense."
Mathewson and Hathaway each finished the series hitting 5-for-13. Blanton and Anastos each had two home runs.
"We're comfortable with the way we're hitting," said Peterson. "We're hitting a lot of balls right on the nose."
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