Blanton's Blast, Strong Pitching Gives UCCS Split at Colorado School of Mines
GOLDEN, Colo. - Christina Blanton's two-run homer in the sixth inning lifted the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 2-1 victory in Thursday's opener and gave the Mountain Lions a doubleheader split against the Colorado School of mines Orediggers at CSM Softball Field.
The Mountain Lions came up on the short end of another pitcher's duel in the nightcap, dropping a 3-2 decision.
UCCS (11-21, 8-15 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), which has struggled with its pitching this season, got a pair of gems Thursday. Jenna Mott (4-2) scattered eight hits, walking none and striking out three in the opener. Fifteen of the 21 outs never left the infield and a 16th came on Ashley Jordan's strike from right field that Lauren Aberle at home plate.
Stacy Ortiz and Sarah McCauley combined for a four hitter in Game 2. Ortiz (4-10) started and struck out eight in four innings but allowed two unearned runs in the third and a solo homer by Kaleigh Starr in the fifth. McCauley came in to throw two innings of hitless ball facing the minimum of six batters.
Mott and Mines starter Kelly Unkrich (5-8) engaged in a scoreless duel through five innings in the opener. Jessika Anastos opened the sixth inning for UCCS with a double. Blanton followed with a 260-foot blast over the fence in right center.
Alyson Beck halved the lead in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single that scored Molly Thiebaut. Mott sat the Orediggers (15-16, 11-11 RMAC) down in order in the seventh to give the Mountain Lions their seventh win in 11 games.
Mott, a freshman from San Carlos, Calif., has a 2.70 ERA in four starts this season.
Blanton gave UCCS the lead in Game 2 with a two-out RBI single in the first that scored leadoff hitter Landry Davis, who had walked.
Starr reached on an error to lead off the Mines half of the third, after which Thiebaut walked. A two-out RBI single by Beck brought home Starr, and Thiebaut scored on a double steal just ahead of Aberle getting thrown out at second for the inning's third out.
Jordan opened the seventh inning with a solo home run to but the UCCS deficit to one. Unkrich relieved starter Liz Kramer (2-1) to retire the next three batters and earn her third save of the season.
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