UCCS Falls to Metro State in First Round, Will Face Mesa State in Elimination Game

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 5, 2011


GOLDEN, Colo. - 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.
 
The Mountain Lions will face Mesa State later Thursday in an elimination game in the double-elimination tournament. The winner will another elimination game Friday at 12:30 p.m.
 
Molly Clark hit a three-run homer in the Roadrunners' four-run second inning. Julia Diehl repeated the feat in the fifth.
 
Smith (13-10) struck out eight and walked three. She also hit three batters. Diehl pitched for Metro State and improved to 18-6.
 
UCCS shortstop Marissa Wallace drove a one-out single to left in the first inning, went to third on a daring piece of baserunning following a single by Lara Mathewson. Mathewson hit a looper that bounced just in front of second base and, seeing that the third baseman had strayed too far from the bag, Wallace headed for third. Seeing Wallace on the move, the Metro State shortstop bobbled the ball for an error.
 
Wallace scored on a single by Jessica Belsterling that put the Mountain Lions up 1-0.
 
Another Wallace single started UCCS' other rally. She was followed by a single by Mathewson and scored on a double by Belsterling. Mathewson scored on an RBI groundout by Erin Milburn.
 
Metro State improved to 34-14 while UCCS dropped to 22-27.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Lara MathewsonLara Mathewson44IFSr
Lara MathewsonLara Mathewson44IFFr
Lara MathewsonLara Mathewson44IFFr
Lara MathewsonLara Mathewson44IFFr
Erin MilburnErin Milburn2C
Erin MilburnErin Milburn3C
Erin MilburnErin Milburn3C
Erin MilburnErin Milburn3C
Marissa WallaceMarissa Wallace10IFJr.
Marissa WallaceMarissa Wallace10IFSo.
Marissa WallaceMarissa Wallace10IFSr
Becca SmithBecca Smith5PSr
Becca SmithBecca Smith5PSr
Becca SmithBecca Smith5PSr
Jessica BelsterlingJessica Belsterling4PJr.
Jessica BelsterlingJessica Belsterling4PJr.
Jessica BelsterlingJessica Belsterling4PJr.
Additional News Stories
November 16, 2011Mountain Lions Softball Signs SevenUniversity 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, 2011Softball Ranks No. 45 Nationally in GPA, Four Honored IndividuallyUCCS 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, 2011Mathewson Named to Daktronics All-Central Region Second TeamUniversity 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, 2011Softball Signs Phoenix Pitcher/Infielder KulpinsUniversity 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.
Visit our Facebook pageVisit the UCCS Mount Lion's Twitter pageVisit the UCCS Mountain Lions Youtube pageVisit UCCS Rss feeds