Anastos Goes Deep Twice to Help UCCS Salvage Split Against Mesa State

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 17, 2010

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Jessika Anastos hit two homers and every Mountain Lion starter got at least one hit as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs won Saturday's second game 10-8 to salvage a split of its doubleheader against the Mesa State Mavericks at Bergman Field.

Mesa State (15-15, 13-15 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) won the opener 10-2 in six innings.

"This was a good day for us," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "I thought we played really good defense and the pitchers kept us in it."

And, at least in the second game, the Mountain Lions hit. Anastos belted her 14th homer of the season, a three-run shot, in the third inning and added solo blast in the fifth inning for No. 15. It was the second two-home-run game of the season for the senior from Broomfield, Colo., and her fifth in the past two seasons.

"The whole team put in a lot of extra work on hitting this week," said Anastos. "That paid off from top to bottom."

That was evident. All nine of the UCCS starters got a hit in the game and eight of the nine scored a run (Kailey Hernandez and Anastos each had two). The RBIs, however, were hogged by Anastos (four), Lara Mathewson (three), Hernandez (two) and Amanda Hathaway (one). Mathewson also drove in both of the Mountain Lions' runs in the opener, giving the freshman five on the day.

Another freshman, Erin Milburn, went a combined 3-for-5 with a walk and scored a run in each game.

"We've got some kids stepping up," said Peterson. "Erin is one of the hottest hitters on the team."

Milburn struggled early to adjust to collegiate pitching. As late as March 28, she was hitting just .122. Since then, she's gone 10-for-29 (.345).

"I'd been focusing too much on what I hadn't been doing," said Milburn. "I'm trying to keep (those thoughts) out of there and focus on what I do. I know I can hit, so I was trying to see the ball, to go with the pitch and make solid contact."

UCCS (12-26, 9-20 RMAC) opened the scoring in the nightcap with a six-run third. RBI singles by Hernandez and Mathewson preceded Anastos' three-run dinger down the left-field line. With two outs, Traci Everett singled, stole second and scored on Hathaway's double.

The Mavericks cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning on a three-run jack by Whitney Bailey. An RBI double by Gabriella Parra and a run scoring groundout by Megan Smith whittled the gap down to 6-5 after four innings.

Anastos' solo shot put UCCS up by two after five before Hernandez hit a bouncer top second base in the sixth inning that brought in Melissa DeWitt. Mathewson followed with a two-run double that made it 10-5.

But wins haven't been easy for UCCS this season and they certainly weren't going to be on Saturday. Back-to-back solo homers by Parra and Smith chased UCCS starter Stacy Ortiz (5-12) with one out in the sixth. Sarah McCauley, who earned her second save, got the final two outs of the sixth. After Parra brought another Mesa State run home in the final inning, the Mavericks loaded the bases for Bailey, who was 5-for-7 with two homers eight RBIs on the day to that point. McCauley induced a pop up to second to finish the game.

"That kid (Bailey) was having a huge day so to get that last out was really, really big for Sarah," said Peterson.

Cierra Lard (7-6) took the loss for Mesa State.

Sara Jordan (7-7) limited UCCS to three hits and two walks over six innings to get the win in the opener. Jenna Mott (4-5) took the loss.

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