UCCS Closes Out Vegas Tournament with #24 Dixie
LAS VEGAS - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs successfully put runners on base early in the game, but early outs in those innings limited the chances of moving the runners home as the Mountain Lions (5-4-1) fell to No. 24 Dixie State (5-2) to close out the 2013 Desert Stinger Tournament. The game also concluded the non-conference season for UCCS.
Lara Mathewson singled through the left side with two outs, and then moved into scoring position after a single by Jessica Belsterling with two outs. Mathewson was out at third on the next play after a hit to the shortstop was fielder to the third baseman for the third out.
Becca Needler reached base in the second inning on a single up the middle, and then stole second with after the second out of the inning. Landry Davis singled to the shortstop and advanced to Needler to third, but a groundout left two runners on base for the second time of the afternoon.
The Red Storm scored twice in the first and third innings, and then three times in the fourth inning to take a 7-0 advantage by the middle of the fourth inning. Needler reached scoring position again in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs remaining, but was one of two Mountain Lions left on base after a lineout to second base.
Jourdan Hitchings singled and then advanced to second on an error to open the bottom of the fifth inning, but was left after five pitches retired the next three Mountain Lions. Dixie State added another two runs in the top of the sixth inning and eventually forced the run rule against UCCS after six innings.
Mathewson has reached base in every game this season, while Needler extended her on-base streak to seven games today. Despite being shutout for the first time in 18 games, UCCS continues to lead the RMAC in RBIs.
Up Next: The Mountain Lions will be off this weekend before the start of the RMAC and home season during the weekend of Feb. 23-24. UCCS will host Fort Lewis at noon and 2 p.m. on Feb. 23, and at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 24. The Skyhawks went 2-3 during the Stinger Tournament this weekend.
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