Three Hitter Aren't Enough as Mountain Lions Swept by Fort Lewis
COLORADO SPRINGS - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs got outstanding production from its three, five and eight-hole hitters but little else as the Mountain Lions were swept in Sunday's doubleheader by the Fort Lewis Skyhawks at Mountain Lion Field.
UCCS dropped the first game 7-3 and the second 8-6.
Lara Mathewson, hitting third, went 5-for-8 with three RBIs for UCCS (4-9, 1-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). No. 5 hitter Amanda Hathaway was 4-for-5 with two walks and two RBIs, while Erin Milburn went 5-for-7 with three RBIs out of the No. 8 spot.
The rest of the Mountain Lions were a combined 4-for-36 with just one RBI.
"A couple of kids who we see hit every day aren't producing," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "We've got to figure it out. We may take a look at a couple of different things, but right now we've got to get the kids who are put in (the middle) of the order to drive in runs and get on base."
Peterson promised before the games that his Mountain Lions would hit. They did early, but to little effect. Through the first three innings of the opener, 16 UCCS hitters had stepped to the plate, seven had gotten hits and three had walked, yet the Mountain Lions had only two runs to show for all of that.
The extra outs came on a caught stealing in the first, a line-drive double play in the second and a pick-off after a single in the third.
While UCCS was squandering opportunities, Fort Lewis was making theirs count. An RBI ground out in the second and a solo home run by Hayley Bolyard had the game tied going into the fifth. There, six consecutive Skyhawks reached base (four hits and two walks) to give them a 5-2 lead.
UCCS' response was underwhelming. The Mountain Lions loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning but two shallow fly balls and a strikeout ended the threat.
Fort Lewis added two more in the sixth, after which Lara Mathewson's solo homer made it 7-3 going into the seventh.
Fort Lewis (4-5, 3-1 RMAC) put three runs on the board in both the second and third innings of Game 2. From that point, UCCS starter Jenna Mott found her rhythm and allowed just two runs over the final four frames.
Milburn and Melissa DeWitt drove in runs in the second, Mathewson belted a two-run double in the fourth and Milburn added a two-run single in the fifth as the Mountain Lions whittled the early deficit down to one at 7-6.
UCCS had two on with one out in the bottom of the seventh but, with none of the big three coming to the plate, they left the runners where they were.
"We were in it," said Peterson. "We had a chance in this last game to do it again in the seventh.
"We've got some work to do, it's obvious. We left 21 runners on (base) in two ballgames. That's not getting the job done.
"We're going to come back. We're going to work had this week and hopefully get this straightened out."
UCCS Players/Staff Featured
|Additional News Stories|
|November 16, 2011||Mountain Lions Softball Signs Seven||University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball coach Scott Peterson announced Wednesday the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent or Letters of Acceptance of Admission.|
|October 11, 2011||Softball Ranks No. 45 Nationally in GPA, Four Honored Individually||UCCS Softball team ranked No. 45 nationally in grade point average in 2010-11, according to National Fastpitch Coaches Association press release that was released on Monday.|
|May 18, 2011||Mathewson Named to Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team||University of Colorado Colorado Springs second baseman Lara Mathewson was named to the 2011 Daktronics, Inc., Softball All-Central Region Second Team, it was announced Wednesday.University of Colorado Colorado Springs second baseman Lara Mathewson was named to the 2011 Daktronics, Inc., Softball All-Central Region Second Team, it was announced Wednesday.|
|May 16, 2011||Softball Signs Phoenix Pitcher/Infielder Kulpins||University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball coach Scott Peterson announced Monday that he had received a National Letter of Intent from Korey Kulpins from Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz.University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball coach Scott Peterson announced Monday that he had received a National Letter of Intent from Korey Kulpins from Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz.|
|May 5, 2011||UCCS Falls to Metro State in First Round, Will Face Mesa State in Elimination Game||Becca Smith held Metro State to just five hits but two of those were three-run homers as the Roadrunners defeated the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 7-3 Thursday in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Softball Tournament.|