Mountain Lions Swept by No. 9 Nebraska-Omaha

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 13, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS - Christina Blanton and Caitlyn Connelly each hit sacrifice flies to drive home the only University of Colorado at Colorado Springs runs of the day as the Mountain Lions were swept in Sunday's doubleheader by the No. 9-ranked Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at Mountain Lion Field.

The Mountain Lions dropped both games by identical 9-1 scores.

Beth Haley, the MIAA Pitcher of the Year for 2010, continued her strong start for 2011 by improving to 2-0 on the season. The Mohawk-maned lefty allowed just one run over six innings on six hits and a walk.

Freshman Dana Elsasser was even more impressive in her collegiate debut, limiting UCCS to one run on just two hits and striking out 10 over her six innings.

Lindsey Slocum had six RBIs for Nebraska-Omaha (4-0). An All-American in 2010, Slocum went 3-for-7 with a double and a home run. Other top hitters for the Mavericks included Katelyn Hinton (4-7, 2 RBI), Alli Hukill (3-8, 2 HR), Amber Lutmer (3-7, 2 HR), Katelyn Hinton (4-8, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Molly Feichtinger (4-7, 4 runs) and Lauren Larson (3-8, 2 runs).

For the young Mountain Lions, playing a Top-10 team was a learning experience.

"They're a good team and I think it gives us a little bit of a measuring stick as to where we want to go," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "Do we have to be a top-10 team in the country this week? Absolutely not. Our goal is to be one of the top eight teams (in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) at the end of the season."

UCCS (0-4) got a 3-for-3 performance from Amanda Hathaway and 2-for-3 from Jessica Belsterling in the opener. Catcher Erin Milburn got the other hit.

A five-run sixth inning put a cloud over what had, up to that point, been an outstanding pitching effort by UCCS starter Jenna Mott. It also gave Nebraska-Omaha a 9-0 lead.

A Lara Mathewson walk followed by singles by Belsterling and Hathaway loaded the bases for the Mountain Lions in the bottom of the inning. Blanton's long fly ball to left stayed in the park but was deep enough to score Mathewson from third.

First baseman Melissa DeWitt was the only Mountain Lion to figure out Elsasser in Game 2, getting both of her team's hits. She also scored the only run, tagging up from third on Connelly's long drive to right field.

Mott (0-1) took the loss in the opener and Becca Smith (0-2) got the L in the second game. 

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