UCCS on Longest Winning-Streak Since '06

By MJ Arjomandi published April 5, 2014

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball team (19-9 / 15-6 RMAC) is now on its longest winnings-streak since the 2006 season as the Mountain Lions have won nine consecutive games after defeating New Mexico Highlands (11-22 / 7-15 RMAC) and Metro State (17-10 / 11-7 RMAC) today.

Game 1

After picking up two quick outs to start the first game, Jessica Belsterling jump started the offense with a single for the first hit of the game. She advanced to second base with a walk to Emily Jennings, and scored on a two RBI double by Dani Fonseca, to give UCCS an early 2-0 lead.

The Mountain Lions held the Cowgirls scoreless in the first inning, but were also shut down in the second. Belsterling got the offense going again in the third innings as she led off with a double to right center field. She moved to third base on a second consecutive hit by Fonseca, and scored for the second time in the next at bat on a sac fly to right filed by Nikki Hoffman.

UCCS put runners on the corners with a double to left center by Becca Needler, and scored both runners on a double to right field by Paige Duncan. Duncan also scored in the next at bat as Korey Kulpins hit a two run homerun (4) to clear the bases and give the Mountain Lions a 7-0 lead.

New Mexico Highlands got on the board in the bottom of the third inning with two runs on one hit with two Mountain Lion errors. UCCS added one more run in the top of the fifth and retired the Cowgirls in order in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-1 lead into the sixth.

Jourdan Hitchings started the sixth inning with a single to shortstop and moved into scoring position with a walk to Jennifer Schellenberg. Belsterling followed up with her third hit of the game to bring Hitchings home. UCCS added four more runs in the inning, one run on an RBI single by Hoffman, and three runs on a double to center field by Duncan.

The Cowgirls tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning as they scored two more runs to cut into the Mountain Lion lead, but that was not enough to avoid a run-rule. UCCS won the first game by a final score of 13-4.

Korey Kulpins earned the win to improve to 9-4 on the season. She allowed just five hits and one run in six innings pitched.


Game 2

The Mountain Lions picked up right where they left off, as Jessica Belsterling hit a two run homerun(5) in the top of the first inning, which scored Jennifer Schellenberg , to give UCCS another early lead.

The top two pitching teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in terms of ERA then began to trade scoreless innings until the seventh.

With the top of the lineup at the plate, Jourdan Hitchings started the seventh inning with a single to second base, and moved into scoring position on sac bunt by Schellenberg.

Hitchings scored in the next at bat on an error after Belsterling singled to second base. Belsterling also scored two batters later as Dani Fonseca reached base on the sixth Roadrunner error of the game to give UCCS a 4-0 lead to start the bottom of the seventh inning.

Metro State ended the shutout that Belsterling pitched for six innings as they scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to narrow the gap.

The Roadrunners had the tie runner on second base with one out in the inning when UCCS made a pitching change to bring in Freshman Stephanie Chitkowski who retired the rest of the side to record her third save of the season.

Jessica Belsterling finished the game three-for-four from the plate, with two RBIs, two runs, and one homerun (5). She also earned the win to improve to 8-2 on the season. She pitched 6.1 innings and allowed just five hits, three runs, and had a game-high seven strikeouts.

Up Next: UCCS will be back in action tomorrow against the same two teams, starting at 11 a.m. with New Mexico Highlands.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jourdan HitchingsJourdan Hitchings5OFSr.
Jennifer SchellenbergJennifer Schellenberg3OFSr.
Jessica BelsterlingJessica Belsterling4PSr.
Emily JenningsEmily Jennings24IFJr.
Dani FonsecaDani Fonseca34IF/PSo.
Nikki HoffmanNikki Hoffman21P/IFFr.
Paige DuncanPaige Duncan2IFSo.
Korey KulpinsKorey Kulpins23PJr.
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