Mountain Lions Take 3 of 4 From Metro in First RMAC Softball Weekend

By Nathan Gibson published February 27, 2012

Denver, CO: The UCCS women's softball team completed a successful weekend against the Metro State Roadrunners, winning three of the four games played.  The Mountain Lions (7-3 overall, 3-1 RMAC) beat up on the Roadrunners on their way to a hot start to the RMAC season.

Game One (Sunday): UCCS 8, Metro State 2

UCCS won 8-2 in the first game of the series and was highlighted by an outstanding pitching performance by Jessica Belsterling, as she and the defense held the Roadrunners to only 2 runs.  UCCS jumped out to a 3 run lead after the first inning and never looked back.  Rheana Trujillo led the way with 2 hits, one of which was her first HR of the year, and had 5 RBI's.

Game Two (Sunday): UCCS 13, Metro State 7

UCCS swept the day with a convincing victory.  The Mountain Lions again jumped out to a 5 run lead in the third inning, and responded well when the Roadrunners made a comeback attempt.  Melissa DeWitt, specifically, quieted the Metro comeback when she hit a Grand Slam with 2 outs in the sixth inning, followed by three more runs by the Mountain Lions in the seventh. DeWitt and Belsterling both had 4 RBI's in the game.  Belsterling was the winning pitcher for both games on this day extending her season record to 3-1.

Game Three (Monday): UCCS 4, Metro State 12

The only blemish on the weekend, UCCS dropped this game to Metro 12-4.  The Roadrunners were able to put some hits together in key innings, scoring 4 runs in the first and 5 runs in the fourth and the Mountain Lions were not able to respond.

Game Four (Monday): UCCS 14, Metro State 4

The Mountain Lions did respond in the final game of the series with 16 hits and a dominating pitching performance by Korey Kulpins (2-1).  Every starter got in on the offensive production, led by Jourdan Hitchings who went 3-4 for the game with an RBI and SB.  Jen Schellenberg, who had a great series hitting out of the lead off spot, had a key double which accounted for 3 RBI's in the third.  The Mountain Lions led 9-1 after three innings and never looked back.

On the weekend, Landry Davis was a consistent offensive threat hitting .538 over the four games against Metro State.  Becca Needler also provided a bit of UCCS softball history, tying the Mountain Lion record for doubles in a game with three doubles in the last game of the series.

The Mountain Lions have their first home games of the season this weekend with a four game series against Western New Mexico University on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, at Mountain Lions Field. 

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Melissa DeWittMelissa DeWitt191B
Melissa DeWittMelissa DeWitt191B
Melissa DeWittMelissa DeWitt191B
Jessica BelsterlingJessica Belsterling4PJr.
Jessica BelsterlingJessica Belsterling4PJr.
Jessica BelsterlingJessica Belsterling4PJr.
Korey KulpinsKorey Kulpins23PSo
Korey KulpinsKorey Kulpins23PSo
Becca NeedlerBecca Needler9CJr
Becca NeedlerBecca Needler9CSo
Jourdan HitchingsJourdan Hitchings14OFJr
Jourdan HitchingsJourdan Hitchings14OFSo
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