UCCS Wins Weekend Series with CCU

By Alex Cramer published April 22, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs capped their 2012 season with a split against the Colorado Christian University Cougars at Mountain Lion Field Sunday afternoon.

The Mountain Lions (22-23, 20-20 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) lost the opener 7-3 but bounced back to win the second game 9-7.

Senior day was small but meaningful as UCCS' lone senior Christina Blanton wrapped up her Mountain Lion career among the schools all-time leaders in at-bats, hits and home runs.

The Mountain Lions came into the day already out of the RMAC playoff picture but managed to hang tough and grind out a win in their final game of the season.

UCCS jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but could not do anymore damage to CCU starter Genevieve Reyna (18-13), who settled in nicely after the rocky first.

Marissa Wallace was a bright spot in the first contest going 3-for-4, but Mariah Bledsoe did the same thing for the cougars going 3-for-4 including a home run.

Jessica Belstelring, who took the loss, concludes her impressive season on the mound at 16-11 with an ERA of 5.13.

The second game was a well-tossed game by freshman Korey Kulpins (6-12) who let her defense work for her and managed to pick up the win without registering a strikeout.

Home runs from Emily Jennings and Becca Needler provided plenty of offense for the Mountain Lions who snagged a 9-7 victory to take a total of 3-of-4 games on the weekend.

Colorado Christian dropped to 28-25 overall and 24-16 RMAC.

With only Blanton graduating, this Mountain Lion squad will be a force to be reckoned with next spring.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Christina BlantonChristina Blanton83BFr.
Christina BlantonChristina Blanton83BFr.
Christina BlantonChristina Blanton83BFr.
Marissa WallaceMarissa Wallace10IFJr.
Marissa WallaceMarissa Wallace10IFSo.
Marissa WallaceMarissa Wallace10IFSr
Emily JenningsEmily Jennings24IFSo
Emily JenningsEmily Jennings24IFSo
Korey KulpinsKorey Kulpins23PSo
Korey KulpinsKorey Kulpins23PSo
Becca NeedlerBecca Needler9CSo
Becca NeedlerBecca Needler9CJr
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