Offensive Barrage Not Enough to End Mountain Lions Six-Game Losing Streak
SILVER CITY, N.M. - Twenty-one runs, 27 hits, 14 walks and four RBIs each by Jessika Anastos, Lara Mathewson and Amanda Hathaway weren't enough to squelch the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' losing streak as the Mountain Lions were swept 16-15 and 11-6 by Western New Mexico Sunday at Mustang Field.
The losses completed a four-game sweep at the hands of the Mustangs for UCCS and increased the team's skid to six games. The Mountain Lions, who will play a home doubleheader against Colorado Mines on Wednesday, dropped to 4-13 overall and 1-7 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.
Anastos belted two homers and had all four of her RBIs on the day in Sunday's opener. The first of those homers came in the first inning to give UCCS a 2-0 lead. Western New Mexico (11-9, 7-1 RMAC) roared back to get three runs each in the first, second and fourth inning to build a 9-5 advantage.
Behind two-run doubles by Christina Blanton and Hathaway, the Mountain Lions parlayed five hits, four errors and a walk into an eight-run fifth inning to take a 13-9 lead.
WNMU answered with three in the bottom of the fifth and, after a scoreless UCCS sixth, put four more across in the sixth to regain the advantage.
Mathewson's RBI double scored Landry Davis with one out in the seventh. With two outs, Traci Everett cut the gap to one with a single to score Mathewson. The UCCS rally ended with runners on second and third.
That was a common problem for UCCS, which left 15 runners stranded in the game and 25 for the day. WNMU stranded just four in the first game and six in the second.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 7-0 lead through the first three innings of Game 2. UCCS got a run in the fourth that was answered by two more as WNMU increased its advantage to 9-1.
The Mountain Lions made it a game in the fifth as Hathaway drilled a two-run single which was followed by run-scoring hits by Kailey Hernandez, Davis and Mathewson. WNMU reliever Brittany Shannon shut down UCCS over the final two innings, however, to seal the win.
UCCS pitchers were tagged for a combined 27 runs, 25 of which were earned, on 28 hits and 10 walks. Sarah McCauley (2-7) took the loss in Game 1 and Stacy Ortiz (2-6) was UCCS' pitcher of record in the nightcap.
Emily Huhta (5-0) got the win for WNMU in the first game and Sarah Almanza (1-3) was the Game 2 winner.
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