Link's Two Home Runs, Five RBIs Prove Too Much for Mountain Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 19, 2011

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Lara Mathewson and Erin Milburn each had two hits but two home runs and five RBIs by Molly Link proved too much to overcome as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs dropped a 10-2 decision to the Winona State Warriors Saturday afternoon at the RCTC Dome.

The Mountain Lions are now 2-1 at the SIC/RMAC Crossover Tournament, which pits teams from NCAA Division II's two Central region Conferences, the Northern Sun and the Rocky Mountain Athletic, against each other. UCCS was scheduled to face Concordia St. Paul immediately following the Winona State game.

Stacey Struzynski, who posted a 0.16 ERA and a .101 batting average against in 2010, was sharp Saturday. She allowed six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six.

Jenna Mott (0-2) allowed 10 runs, seven earned, over five-plus innings for UCCS.

An RBI ground out by Mollie Bjelland in the first and a two-run homer in the third by Link staked the Warriors to a 3-0 lead. The real damage, though, came in the fourth when Mott retired the first two hitters before allowing a single, a walk, an RBI single to Dallas Schmacker and a three-run homer to Link.

Just like that, a manageable deficit turned into a seven-run blowout.

The Mountain Lions answered with two runs on three hits in the fifth with Erin Milburn scoring on a throwing error and Marissa Wallace coming home on an RBI single by Lara Mathewson.

Two UCCS errors led to three unearned runs in the sixth to bring the NCAA's run rule into play.

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