Offensive Explosion Forces Mountain Lions to Settle for Series Split

By Chris Spomer published March 4, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS- The Western New Mexico Mustangs produced 36 runs on 41 hits in a double-header Sunday to hand the University of Colorado Colorado Springs two losses (17-11 and 19-6) and earn a series split at Mountain Lion Field.

After handling the Mustang bats on Saturday with relative ease, the Mountain Lion pitchers relinquished five homeruns and six doubles while allowing their opponent to hit an impressive .513 on the day.

A 3-3 performance including two homeruns, a double and seven RBI by Lara Mathewson in game one wasn't enough to get her team into the win column. While trailing 9-4 in the bottom of the fourth, the Mountain Lions showed their teeth for a bit and managed to get runners on second and third with two outs. With first base open, the Mustangs suspiciously opted to intentionally walk sophomore Jourdan Hitchings to load the bases for Mathewson who had hit a homerun in each of her first two plate appearances. Mathewson made that decision a costly one as she roped a double of the right field fence, clearing the bases. Jessica Belsterling immediately followed with a blast over the left field fence to knot the game up at nine.

Unfortunately, the Western New Mexico bats stayed hot and cooled off UCCS' momentum by answering with three more runs in the top of the fifth. UCCS would scratch across two more runs, but it wouldn't be enough as the Mustangs kept hitting and wound up winning 17-11.

After an up and down first game, the Mountain Lions' bats came out cold in game two and didn't manage a hit until a Landry Davis single in fourth inning. Trailing 13-1 in the fifth inning, the Mountain Lions showed a bit of life when Christina Blanton hit a grand slam to draw within eight and scratched across a fifth run in the inning to prolong the contest. The hope was short lived however as the Mustangs pounded out six more runs in the top of the sixth to send the Mountain Lions home in six innings.

Blanton, Belsterling, Hitchings and Mathewson were joined by Jen Schellenberg and Rheana Trujillo as the only Mountain Lions with multiple hits on the day.

UCCS hits the road next weekend for a four game series against RMAC foe Fort Lewis.

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