Spectacular Play Leads Mountain Lions to a Win on Senior Day
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball team (24-18-1 / 19-14 RMAC) splits the final double-header of the 2013 regular season as it falls to Colorado Mines (36-5-1 / 27-3 RMAC) 7-3 and defeats CSU-Pueblo (28-16 / 25-14 RMAC) 8-7 with a walk-off home run by Allie Corids.
Game 1 Results
Colorado Mines came out swinging to start the first game as it score three runs in the first inning. UCCS was unable to answer back in the bottom half of the inning as it went down in order.
Both teams went scoreless in the second inning as the Orediggers took their 3-0 lead into the third, where they added four more runs.
Erin Milburn started things off for the Mountain Lions in the fourth by getting hit by a pitch. Landry Davis executed a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner, which scored two batters later on an RBI single to left field by Lara Mathewson. That was the final run scored in the third inning as Colorado Mines took a 7-1 lead into the fourth inning.
Neither team scored in the fourth and the Mountain Lions shut down the Orediggers in the top of the fifth. An error early in the bottom of the fifth inning allowed Davis to reach second base. Davis scored two batters later on another RBI single to the outfield by Mathewson.
The bats stayed alive for UCCS into the sixth inning as Dani Fonseca hit a solo home run to left field to lead things off. Marissa Wallace reached base on an error and TJ Flodman hit a single to give the Mountain Lions two runners on base. Colorado Mines wisely brought in their ace to try and get out of the jam, which she did.
UCCS held Colorado Mines scoreless again in the seventh inning, but was unable to rally back as the Mountain Lions fell 7-3.
Korey Kulpins earned the loss to fall to 3-2 on the season.
Game 2 Recap
The first three innings between UCCS and CSU-Pueblo looked like a repeat of the game yesterday in which neither team scored until the 11th inning. The difference in these three innings though was a spectacular home run saving catch by Landry Davis, who extended over the fence to record the out. That catch saved a run and kept the game scoreless until the fourth inning.
TJ Flodman doubled down the first base line to give UCCS a runner in scoring position with one out in the fourth. Allie Corids drew a walk and soon advanced to second base with a sac bunt by Davis, which put runners on second and third. The Mountain Lions then gained their first lead of the series as Jourdan Hitchings hit a two RBI double to take a 2-0 lead.
The Thunderwolves answered back with a four run fifth inning to take the lead. The Mountain Lions responded in the bottom half of the inning, starting with a single to right field by Jessica Belsterling. An error on the next play allowed Emily Jennings to reach first base and then a walk to Dani Fonseca loaded the bases for UCCS with zero outs in the inning.
Marissa Wallace reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on an error, which scored two runs to tie the game. The Mountain Lions did not stop there though, as TJ Flodman hit an RBI single to left field, followed by a two RBI single to center field by Corids.
The Thunderwolves added two more runs to start the sixth inning to cut into the Mountain Lion lead as the score was 7-6 in favor of UCCS.
The Mountain Lions went down one-two-three in the sixth and CSU-Pueblo scored one run in the top of the seventh as the game went into the bottom half of the final inning of regulation tied 7-7.
UCCS began to prepare for another extra inning game with its rival CSU-Pueblo, but freshman Allie Corids did not get the message as she crushed the third pitch in the first at bat of the inning to left center field for a walk-off home run.
Jessica Belsterling pitched 4.1 innings and allowed six hits, three runs and recorded six strikeouts. Becca Smith came in to relieve Belsterling and pitched 2.2 innings, allowed two runs and recorded three strikeouts and the victory to improve her record to 15-8.
Up Next: UCCS will begin the 2013 RMAC post season against Colorado Christian (25-21 / 21-11 RMAC) this Thursday, May 2, at 10:00 a.m. in Denver, Colo.
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