Corids Leads UCCS With Walk-Off in Day Two
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball team (23-15-1 / 18-11 RMAC) splits the final day of the series, defeating Western New Mexico (17-28 / 14-20 RMAC) 8-0 and falling to Colorado Christian (23-19 / 19-9 RMAC) 2-0.
Game 1 Recap
The Mountain Lions defense held the Mustangs scoreless in the top of first inning. UCCS started the bottom of the first with a walk to Jourdan Hitchings, who quickly stole second base to put herself in scoring position. Hitchings scored two batters later as Jessica Belsterling hit a sacrifice fly to right field for an RBI to give the Mountain Lions a 1-0 lead.
The Mustangs went down one-two-three in the top of the second to keep the Mountain Lion lead at one. TJ Flodman doubled through the right side to start the bottom half of the inning. UCCS could not capitalize though as the next three batters went down in order.
Western New Mexico followed suit to begin the third as they failed to get a hit. Belsterling singled in the bottom of the third, but that was the only hit for UCCS as the scored remained 1-0.
Becca Smith had a no-hitter going until the fourth inning when the Mustangs were able to break through with two singles and put two runners on base. Allie Corids ended the threat as she recorded the third out of the inning on a groundout to third base.
The bats for UCCS woke back up in the fourth inning, beginning with a single to short stop by Flodman. Corids singled in the next at bat to advance Marissa Wallace who was the pinch runner. Erin Milburn scored her first hit of the series in the next at bat with an RBI single to center field.
Landry Davis loaded the bases next as she singled on a bunt. UCCS added two more runs with a left field double by Hitchings. Mathewson kept the offense rolling with an RBI single to center field. Belsterling added the final run of the inning as she scored an RBI while grounding out to short stop to give the Mountain Lions a 6-0 lead.
UCCS held Western New Mexico scoreless again in the fifth, as the Mountain Lions continued to add to their lead in the bottom half of the inning. Dani Fonseca started things off with a single to left field and advanced to second base with a single to third by Wallace. Wallace took second base on a wild pitch and scored the game winning run with a two RBI walk-off double by Corids.
Becca Smith earned the win in the run-ruled shutout victory to improve to 14-7 on the season. She allowed just two hits in five innings pitched.
Game 2 Recap
Lara Mathewson was walked on four consecutive pitches in her first at bat of the second game. She advanced to second base with a single by Jessica Belsterling, but the Mountain Lions were unable to capitalize on the base runners in the first inning. Colorado Christian also had one hit in the first inning, but neither team was able to score.
It was much of the same for UCCS in the second inning as Allie Corids started the inning with a single, but was out in a double play two batters later to end the top half of the second.
The Cougars struck first in the second inning as they scored two runs to take the lead.
The Mountain lions started the third inning with a hit by Landry Davis who doubled down the third base line. Hitchings advanced Davis in the next at bat with a sacrifice bunt to give UCCS a runner on third with one out in the inning.
Mathewson was walked again on four straight pitches which put base runners on the corners for the Mountain Lions. Two consecutive outs brought an end to that threat though, as UCCS left both runners stranded.
The Mountain Lions held the Cougars scoreless in the bottom of the third and started the top of the fourth with a walk to Dani Fonseca. Fonseca advanced to second on a single by Corids, but both runners were left on base as Colorado Christian was able to get out of the jam.
Hitchings began the fifth inning with a single to left field to give UCCS a base runner with no outs. That quickly changed though as Mathewson flied out, followed by strikeout- throw out double play to end the top half of the inning.
The Mountain Lions held the Cougars in the bottom of the fifth inning, but went down one-two-three to start the sixth.
Colorado Christian went scoreless again in the bottom of the inning, but carried its 2-0 lead into the final inning of regulation.
UCCS was unable to mount a comeback in the seventh inning as Flodman, Milburn, and Hitchings each lined out to the outfield to end the game.
Jessica Belsterling pitched six inning and allowed just four hits with zero earned runs. Her record drops to 6-8 with the loss.
Up Next: UCCS will be back in action next Saturday and Sunday as the Mountain Lions host CSU-Pueblo (26-12 / 23-10 RMAC) and Colorado Mines (33-4-1 / 24-2 RMAC) for a four-game pod series to conclude the 2013 regular season.
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