Chadron State Turns Tables, Dominates in Sweep of Mountain Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 3, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS - If turnabout is fair play, fairness advocates were pleased by Saturday's results from Mountain Lion Field.

The Chadron State Eagles peppered the Mountain Lions for 32 hits Saturday in claiming an 8-5, 12-4 sweep of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The wins avenged a similar sweep suffered by the Eagles at the hands of UCCS a day earlier.

"It was as if we switched uniforms or something," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson, whose team fell to 10-20 overall and 7-14 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. "They hit like we did yesterday and we hit like they did yesterday."

On Friday, the Mountain Lions scored 27 runs on 28 hits. Saturday, the Eagles returned the favor with 20 and 32 respectively.

"No question we've got to pitch better," said Peterson. "Their three, four and five hitters absolutely killed us. We kept trying to do different things (but) hats off to them they hit."

Chadron State's 3-5 hitters did do extensive damage, combining to go 16-for-22 (.727) with three home runs, four doubles, 10 RBIs and nine runs scored. No. 3 hitter Katie Bolin was 5-for-8 with five RBIs, No. 4 Stephanie Hillman was 5-for-7 and No. 5 Allison Hendricksen was 6-for-7 with three doubles.

Leadoff hitter Cassie Humphrey was also problematic, going 7-for-8 with four runs scored, three doubles and a home run. The Eagles improved to 15-18, 11-11 RMAC.

The Mountain Lions dug themselves deep holes in the first three innings of each game. UCCS trailed 7-1 after three in the opener and 6-1 in the second game.

Chadron State pitchers effectively negated a stiff breeze blowing from left to right field by keeping the ball inside to right-handed hitters and outside to lefties. Humphrey (7-9) earned the win in Game 1, allowing five runs on 10 hits. Christina Lewis (3-3) gave up just four hits and three runs (two earned) over five innings in Game 2.

"It's sort of weird," said Peterson. "We got 18 hits off of that kid yesterday and today we had four. She obviously made some adjustments."

Stacy Ortiz (4-9) and Sarah McCauley (3-9) took the losses for UCCS.

Traci Everett extended her UCCS-best hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the opener and a solo home run in the nightcap. During the streak, the junior from Lake Forest, Calif., has hit .454 (15-for-33) to raise her season average from .232 to .315.

Erin Milburn, Melissa DeWitt, Lara Mathewson, Ashley Jordan and Jessika Anastos each had two hits for the Mountain Lions. Anastos hit her 12th home run on the season and Christina Blanton hit her 11th.

Both of those homers came in the opener, when UCCS rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh. The comeback stalled, however, three runs short of tying the game.

The Mountain Lions' next 10 games will be on the road, starting with a doubleheader against Colorado School of Mines on Wednesday. That will be followed by a four-game weekend series against nationally-ranked Metro State, which is 24-3 overall and 21-2 in the RMAC.

"We'll take the two wins," said Peterson. "Our goal is to get three out of four, but we'll take the two and hit the road this week."

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