Mountain Lions Complete Weekend Sweep
COLORADO SPRINGS - Emily Jennings was as cool as the other side of the pillow Saturday going a combined 3-for-7 on the day with two home runs and six RBIs to lead the University of Colorado Colorado Springs past Black Hills State University in both games of their doubleheader at Mountain Lion Field.
UCCS won the first game 10-0 and the second 6-4. The wins capped a great weekend for the Mountain Lions who have now brought the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record back to .500 at 15-15.
Landry Davis and Jessica Belsterling collected three hits each Saturday, while Christina Blanton, Rheana Trujillo and Lara Mathewson had two hits a piece.
Jennings got things started in the first game with a solo home run in the bottom of the second over the left field wall.
Marissa Wallace pushed across the second run on a ground out to second and just like that it was 2-0.
Belsterling (13-8) didn't give up her first hit until the end of the fourth, but got in a couple of close call situations shortly there after. Black Hills State loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a hit, but Belsterling prevailed inducing a fly ball out to get out of the jam.
Belsterling ran into trouble again in the fifth but was able to escape her second consecutive bases loaded jam unharmed.
Despite Belsterlings troubles with walks - she issued five - she still managed to shutout the Yellow Jackets for her second shutout of the season.
The best way to make a 10-0 game exciting is to end it with a grand slam like Jennings did when she hit her second home run of the game to put UCCS up for good 10-0 and in turn ending the game.
In the second game Korey Kulpins (4-10) toed the rubber and found moderate success against the Yellow Jacket lineup allowing only 4 earned runs over five innings of work in route to picking up her fourth win of the season.
Jen Schellenberg had another great day at the plate collecting five hits on the day and three in the second game, as UCCS played small ball and utilized timely hitting to score most of their runs in the second game.
The Mountain Lions jumped on top 1-0 but Nia Shumpert of Black Hills State double home a run in the fifth to make it 4-2 and the give the Yellow Jackets their largest lead of the day.
Schellenberg also threw a runner out at home in the fifth that proved to be vital in keeping the UCCS deficit at bay, as the bottom of the fifth is when UCCS made their move.
UCCS got the bats going with hits from Davis and Schellenberg while Jennings continued to be clutch when she came up with a huge two out triple to give the Mountain Lions back the lead 5-4.
Belsterling entered the game as the pitcher in the sixth and got in a tight spot with a runner on second and only one out but Jennings caught a hard line drive and doubled off the runner on second to get out of the inning unharmed.
UCCS add one more run of insurance to make it 6-4 but wouldn't need it Belsterling gave up no runs in notching her second save of the season.
On the weekend UCCS grab four wins and now sits at 17-18 overall and 15-15 RMAC, which puts them in a tie for ninth place.
Black Hills State continues to struggle adjusting to RMAC competition as the losses put them at 5-30 overall and 5-25 RMAC.
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