UCCS Remains a Half Game Out of Playoff Position After Split with Eagles

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 17, 2011


CHADRON, Neb. - Erin Milburn's two-run double capped a three-run seventh inning as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs came from behind to beat the Chadron State Eagles 6-5 in Sunday's opener at CSC Softball Field. Chadron State came back to win the second game 11-3.

The Mountain Lions (17-23, 14-17 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and Chadron State (19-22, 15-17 RMAC) also split Saturday's doubleheader.

With the series split, the Mountain Lions remain a half game behind Chadron State for eighth place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (eight teams qualify for the playoffs). UCCS is also just two games behind Colorado State Pueblo and 2.5 games behind Adams State and Western New Mexico.

UCCS will host Adams State for a four-game set next weekend at Mountain Lion Field.

Milburn's solo home run in the second inning gave UCCS the early lead in Sunday's opener. The Eagles made the lead short-lived, though, answering with a solo shot by Christie Lewis in the bottom of the inning.

A two-run double by Caitlin Connelly reclaimed the lead for the Mountain Lions in the fifth. Chadron State again had the answer in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four times on five singles to make it 5-3.

Marissa Wallace and Lara Mathewson opened the seventh with singles and Jessica Belsterling reached on an error to load the bases. Christina Blanton drew a walk to cut the deficit to one and Milburn followed with a double to left center to give UCCS the 6-5 lead.

This time, however, Chadron State did not answer. UCCS starter Becca Smith (8-9) retired the side to preserve the win.

The Mountain Lions enjoyed a promising start in the second game, taking a first-inning lead on a two-run single by Blanton. From that point, the offense sputtered with Connelly's solo homer in the fourth providing the only other score.

Chadron State, meanwhile, scored in every inning. The Eagles got one in the first, two each in the second, third and fifth and four in the fourth. Angela Jay, Katie Bolin, Lewis and Katie Londo each had three hits.

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