Mountain Lions Sweep Cowgirls to Improve to 9-0 at Home

By MJ Arjomandi published March 22, 2013

Box Score (Game 1) | Box Score (Game 2) | Box Score (Game 3)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball team (17-9-1 / 12-5 RMAC) sweeps the triple header with New Mexico Highlands (10-21-1 / 3-15-1 RMAC) to improve to 9-0 at home for the first time since 2006.

The Mountain Lions recorded their eighth, ninth and 10th run-rule wins of the season as they defeated the Cowgirls 16-4, 21-2, and 15-3.

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Game 1 Recap

Both teams were scoreless in the first inning, which allowed the Cowgirls to take their first lead of the series in the second inning as they struck first to take a 1-0 lead.

UCCS answered back in the bottom of the second inning as Emily Jennings started things off with a double to right field. TJ Flodman grounded out next, but advanced Jennings to third base. Allie Corids brought Jennings home as she singled to center field to tie the game. UCCS tacked on three more runs to take a 4-1 lead into the third inning.

The Cowgirls went down quietly in the third inning, but the Mountain Lions did not. UCCS doubled its score, adding four more runs in the inning. Lara Mathewson started things off with a solo homerun to center field. Jessica Belsterling and Emily Jennings both followed up with singles to the outfield, before Becca Needler earned an RBI with a single to right field of her own. Brittany Hoppe pinch hit for Landry Davis and hit a two run single to give UCCS an 8-1 lead after three innings.

New Mexico Highlands scored one run in the top of the fourth to bring the score a little closer, but UCCS exploded in the bottom half of the inning for eight more runs.

Belsterling singled to right field to begin the inning and then TJ Flodman singled to third base to extend her on base streak to 14 games. A few plays later, Needler singled to center field for two more RBIs. Kornfeind recorded her second homerun of the season a bit later, with a three run bomb to left field. Belsterling also hit a homerun in the inning to give UCCS a 16-2 lead going into the fifth inning.

The Cowgirls scored two more runs, but could not mount a big enough rally to extend the game, as the Mountain Lions earned the run-rule win in game one with a final score of 16-4.

Becca Needler finished the game a perfect three-for-three from the plate as she tied Payton Kornfeind for a game-high four RBIs.

Becca Smith earned the win to improve to 10-4 on the season. She recorded five strikeouts and allowed just six hits with two earned runs in her five innings pitched.
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Game 2 Recap

The Cowgirls went down scoreless in the first inning, which allowed the Mountain Lions to take an early lead as they scored one run on a bases loaded walk to TJ Flodman. The walk extended Flodman's on base streak to 15 games and gave UCCS a 1-0 lead.

New Mexico Highlands went down quietly in the second inning, but again, UCCS did not. Mathewson hit a two run ground-rule double, before Belsterling hit a two run double of her own.  Jennings tripled in the inning to score one run, and Allie Corids scored the final two runs of the inning as she homered to left center. UCCS took its 8-0 lead into the third inning, and shut down the Cowgirls offense yet again.

In the bottom of the third, Jennings hit a three run homerun to left center field, as the Mountain Lions added six more runs in the inning.

Another scoreless inning for the Cowgirls left them in a big hole in the fourth inning. The Mountain lions added seven more runs in the bottom half, to extend their lead to 21 runs.  

After Mathewson and Belsterling reached base, Jennings cleared the bases with a three run shot that cleared the fence, but was ruled an error on the left fielder. Kornfeind also cleared the fence with a shot later in the inning, but her hit was undoubtly a homerun which added three more runs to the Mountain Lion lead to give them a 21-0 advantage.

Jessica Belsterling's shut out was broken up in the fifth inning as the Cowgirls were finally able to get on the board. It was too late for New Mexico Highlands though, as the Mountain Lions again won by run-rule with a final score of 21-2.

Belsterling improves her record to 4-5 with the win. She pitched five innings and allowed just seven hits and two runs while striking out five batters.

Mathewson finished the game perfect at the plate with a game-high four hits with three RBIs.

Jennings recorded seven RBIs as she went two-for-four.
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Game 3 Recap

Game three picked up right where game two left off. The Cowgirls went down in order to begin the game, whereas the Mountain Lions started off with another four run inning.

Kornfeind started the game with a single to center field, and quickly advanced to second base with a steal. Jennings brought her home a few batters later with a single up the middle for the first run of the third game. Flodman then hit a two run homerun to left field and extended her on base streak to 16 straight games.

UCCS added six more runs in the second inning. Kornfeind, Hitchings and Jennings each recorded an RBI while Flodman hit her second straight two run homerun of the game.  The Mountain Lions carried their 10-0 lead into the third inning.

Kornfeind singled to first base, followed by a walk to Jourdan Hitchings gave UCCS two runners on base. Belsterling brought Kornfeind home with a single up the middle and Hitchings scored on a single to left field by Jennings. A quiet two run inning gave the Mountain Lions a 12-0 lead after three innings played.

UCCS added three more runs in the fourth inning as Dani Fonseca recorded her first homerun of the season, a three run bomb to left field.

The Cowgirls broke up the shutout again in the fifth inning as they scored three runs, but would again fall due to the run rule as UCCS completed the sweep with a 15-3 win to conclude the triple header.   

Korey Kulpins improved to 3-0 on the season as she allowed just five hits and three runs in her five innings pitched.

Jennings finished the game three-for-three with three more RBIs. Kornfeind went three-for-four, scoring a game-high three runs.

Up Next: The final game of the series between UCCS and New Mexico Highlands is set for Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jessica BelsterlingJessica Belsterling4PJr.
Korey KulpinsKorey Kulpins23PSo
Becca SmithBecca Smith5PSr
Payton KornfeindPayton Kornfeind32OFFr
Jourdan HitchingsJourdan Hitchings14OFJr
Lara MathewsonLara Mathewson44IFSr
Allie CoridsAllie Corids21IFFr
TJ FlodmanTJ Flodman11IFSo
Landry DavisLandry Davis1OFSr
Brittany HoppeBrittany Hoppe8IFFr
Dani FonsecaDani Fonseca34P/IFFr
Emily JenningsEmily Jennings24IFSo
Lara MathewsonLara Mathewson44IFFr
Lara MathewsonLara Mathewson44IFFr
Lara MathewsonLara Mathewson44IFFr
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