Barr's Walk-Off Home Run Sparks Mustangs to Doubleheader Sweep
SILVER CITY, N.M. - Kristina Barr hit a walk-off solo home run to lead off the seventh inning to give Western New Mexico a 4-3 victory in Saturday's opener and spark the Mustangs to a doubleheader sweep over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions.
WNMU took Game 2 at Mustang Field 10-2.
The Mountain Lions (4-11, 1-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) took a 3-1 lead in the third inning on a two-out RBI single BY Traci Everett followed by a two-run single by Ashley Jordan.
The Mustangs cut the gap to 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning as Amy Aicher scored a run right out of the Bad News Bears. She singled to center field, went to second on a passed ball and scored on an error by Everett, the UCCS shortstop.
The Mustangs tied the game in the fourth with another unearned run. Brittney Batten walked and advanced to second on Courtney Reyes' single. A wild pitch by UCCS starter Sarah McCauley sent her to third and the play turned into a run when catcher Erin Milburn's attempt to throw her out at third was off target.
After getting five hits in the first three innings off WNMU starter Emily Huhta (4-0), UCCS was held to just two hits the rest of the way.
McCauley (2-6) pitched good enough to win, giving up five hits over the first six innings before Barr's solo shot ended it.
The Mountain Lions' Game 2 starter, Stacy Ortiz (2-5), blanked the Mustangs for two innings before surrendering a four-run, five-hit third.
The Mountain Lions answered with two in the fifth inning. Lara Mathewson's RBI single brought home pinch runner Megan McGinnis before Jessika Anastos reached on an error that brought home Amanda Hathaway, who had singled earlier.
After adding a run in the fifth, the first four Mustangs to bat in the sixth got hits. Reliever Jenna Mott came on to retire a batter before the next two also hit to cap the run-rule-inducing, five-run inning.
Arriel Smith (3-0) got the win for WNMU. Barr went 5-for-8 with three RBIs on the day as the Mustangs improved to 9-9, 5-1 RMAC.
Everett, Anastos and Landry Davis each went 2-for-6 for UCCS.
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