UCCS Softball Season Officially Begins This Weekend in Denver
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball team begins the 2013 season this weekend in Denver, Clorado. The Mountain Lions will play five non-conference games in the next three days against teams that reside in the Rocky Mountan Athletic Conference. The games will not count for conference records, but will be the start of the official 2013 season which will count for overall records.
The season will officially kickoff for UCCS Friday at 1 p.m., as they play the Regis Rangers. Last season, the Rangers finished in the middle of the RMAC standing with an overall record of 22-27 and a conference record of 20-16.
UCCS will be back in action later that day as they take on Adams State at 3:30 p.m. Adams State finished one place ahead of the Mountain Lions last season with a .500 record overall at 24-24 and in the RMAC with a conference record of 20-20. Leading the way for the Grizzlies this season is Katelyn Lovato, who was named the preseason player of the year.
Saturday, UCCS will take part in two more games in Denver as they play Metro State at 1 p.m. and Colorado Mines at 3:30 p.m. Metro State finished last season with an overall record of 26-27 and a conference record of 22-16.
Colorado Mines finished the regular season as the number one team in the standings with an overall record of 29-24 and a conference record of 26-14. Colorado Mines was also ranked first in the preseason coaches poll, receivng eight first place votes. Colorado Mines returns the 2011 and 2012 pitcher of the year, Kelly Unkrich, who was also named the 2013 preseason pitcher of the year.
The Mountain Lions will conclude the first weekend of action on Sunday with a rematch against Adams State at 11:00 a.m.
UCCS was projected to finish seventh place in the preseason coaches poll, while receiving one first place vote. They tallied 67 points in the coaches voting, two points behind Colorado Mesa and nine points behind Colorado State-Pueblo. Five different teams earned at least one first place vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
Lara Mathewson also earned a spot on the All-RMAC preseason softball team. Mathewson finished last season with a team-high 11 homeruns and a team-high 42 RBIs, while hitting .419 percent.
UCCS had the best batting average for any team in the RMAC last season, as they hit .351 on the year.
The Mountain Lions were also first in slugging percent with .531, first in hits per game with 10.02 and second best for on base percent at .407.
The team will be back in action next weekend for five more games, as they travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to take part in the Montana State University Billings Desert Stinger Tournament starting on February 8th.
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