UCCS seniors win final softball game at home
As her senior teammates were posing for pictures and celebrating, Allie Corids was hauling bases off the field and helping with other maintenance tasks.
You'd have never known that moments earlier Corids was the hero for UCCS - the freshman who saved Senior Day with a walk-off home run.
"That was awesome," Corids said of her home run that capped an 8-7 victory over CSU-Pueblo on Sunday. "It was awesome because the seniors are so great. It feels really good to be able to send them out with a win."
The Mountain Lions had started the day with a 7-3 loss to No. 12 Colorado School of Mines, and it looked like they might go winless in the regular-season's final weekend after having dropped both games to the same teams on Saturday.
But then Corids provided the big shot, suddenly giving UCCS momentum entering the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament, which starts Thursday in Golden.
"We're 0-0, I know it's cliché, but we're 0-0," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson, who hopes to have injured leading hitter Payton Kornfeind back for the tournament. "We'll ride the enthusiasm of this game and hopefully be successful next weekend."
UCCS (24-18-1) held leads of 4-2 and 7-4 in the finale against the ThunderWolves, with CSU-Pueblo tying for the last time in its half of the seventh on a bloop single that landed fair by about an inch.
That set up Corids, the freshman third baseman, who led off the inning.
She wasn't sure the winning home run was going to get out. CSU-Pueblo center fielder Carlie Lucas clearly wasn't either, as she crashed into the wall while tracking the ball in left-center field.
"I was watching her go back and I thought, 'She's going to catch it,'" Corids said. "Then I saw it go over and I started screaming and running around the bases as fast as I could. I couldn't wait to get home and celebrate with the team."
There was one spectacular catch turned it at the wall during the game, but that one belonged to UCCS.
Senior Landry Davis made the defensive play of the year for the Mountain Lions when she robbed a home run from CSU-Pueblo's Carlee Chain in the second inning with a running catch in right. The play was given extra drama when Davis bobbled the ball while still leaning over the fence but was able to recover before it popped out.
"We had a girl make a great catch out here in 2008, I believe, which I thought was the greatest catch on this field - until today," Peterson said. "I mean that was absolutely remarkable. She's going full speed, she hits the fence, a lot of kids crumble. Usually they hit the fence so hard that it kind of dislodges the ball out. That's not a real big kid.
"That gave us a big lift and I think it's the best catch that's been made on this field. It was just an incredible catch."
UCCS held a postgame ceremony to recognize its five seniors, who had just played their final game. The seniors were Davis, Lara Mathewson, Erin Milburn, Becca Smith and Marissa Wallace.
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