Split vs. Nebraska-Kearney Not Enough to Stave Off Playoff Elimination for UCCS
KEARNEY, Neb. - Jenna Mott threw her second shutout of the season as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs split its Saturday doubleheader with the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers but was eliminated from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs.
Behind Mott, the Mountain Lions won the opener 3-0 but dropped the second game 6-3.
The lone loss, when combined with Adams State's two wins over Mesa State, was enough to mathematically eliminate UCCS from the possibility of gaining a berth in the RMAC postseason tournament.
Mott (8-7) threw her second shutout of the season, allowing just three hits and a walk over seven innings in the opener. Mott's previous shutout came against Adams State on March 22 and was the only other shutout by a UCCS pitcher this season.
Mott surrendered infield singles in the first and second innings before holding the Lopers hitless from the third though the sixth innings. Sara Dunn's seventh-inning double was the only Nebraska-Kearney hit to get out of the infield.
The Mountain Lions won the game despite their Nos. 3, 4 and 5 hitters going a combined 0-8 with a walk. No. 2 hitter Lara Mathewson was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run and No. 6 hitter Amanda Hathaway was 2-for-3 with a homer. That duo accounted for four of UCCS' five hits.
Hathaway's clutch single in the first gave the Mountain Lions the lead. Landry Davis singled, Mathewson doubled and Jessika Anastos walked to load the based with nobody out. The opportunity was slipping away from the UCCS after a strikeout and a pop up, but Hathaway's two-out single allowed UCCS to salvage a run.
Mathewson hit a solo homer in the third and Hathaway did the same in the fourth to put the Mountain Lions up 3-0.
The Lopers threatened in the third as Mott's lone walk and a two-base error gave UNK runners on second and third with none out. Mott induced a groundout that she fielded herself and then caught a weak popup before Anastos, UCCS' first baseman, speared Dani Mowinkel's line drive to end the inning.
Mowinkel (2-8) took the loss for Nebraska-Kearney.
After leaving two runners stranded in the first inning of the second game, the Mountain Lions put together a two-run, two-out rally in the second inning. Erin Milburn and Megan McGinnis each singled, and Milburn scored when Davis reached on an error by the pitcher. Kailey Hernandez singled down the left field line to bring Milburn home.
The Lopers scored their first runs of the day against Mott, who pitched both games for UCCS, with a pair in the third inning. Austin Wilson led off the inning with a solo homer and Mallory Nutt scored on an error.
The Mountain Lions regained the lead with a Davis RBI single in the fourth.
Mott finally started running out of steam in the fifth, her 12th inning pitched of the day. After Nutt led off by being hit by a pitch, Jessie Thomas smacked a two-run homer to left. UNK got another two-run blast in the sixth, this one by Ali Seberger.
The Mountain Lions had plenty of chances in the second game, getting nine hits and three walks through six innings against UNK starter Kirstie Hiatt (7-11). The Mountain Lions left 10 runners stranded.
UCCS will conclude its season with another doubleheader against Nebraska-Kearney on Sunday.
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