COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com – Apr. 11, 2014) — The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions seized control of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball standings as they used a pair of big innings in the first game and some late-inning heroics in the second to sweep a wild RMAC doubleheader on Friday afternoon.
In the first game, which the Mountain Lions (22-10, 18-7 RMAC) won 17-9 in five innings, they scored six times in the third inning and seven in the fourth breaking to overcome a 4-3 deficit. They then used a homer in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings before overcoming an 8-6 deficit in the ninth to claim the 9-8 second game victory in extra innings.
The ThunderWolves fell to 18-17 overall and to 15-9 in the RMAC, 2 ½ games behind the Mountain Lions at the top of the RMAC standings.
The Pack were guilty of three errors in the first game, which combined with 10 free passes, helped the Mountain Lions to eight unearned runs.
After giving up two runs in the bottom of the first, the ThunderWolves took a 4-3 lead through 2 ½ innings thanks to a Kennedy Smith (Fr., Fillmore, Calif.) 2-run triple. However, the Mountain Lions answered with six runs in the bottom of the third to take a 9-4 advantage.
Not to be outdone, the Pack answered with five runs in the top of the fourth as Lacey Chesser (Sr., Oxnard, Calif.) and Ariel Lopez (Jr., Fontana, Calif.) both homered.
The momentum would be short-lived as the Mountain Lions took advantage of a pair of errors and a clutch 3-run double by Dani Fonseca to score seven runs in the bottom of the fourth. Leading 16-9 at that point, the Mountain Lions then added a fifth-inning run to implement the run rule.
In Game 2, the ThunderWolves jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first before giving up three runs in the bottom half of the inning on an Emily Jennings homer.
UCCS then took the lead with back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the third before Shelby Hetzel (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) plated Samantha Avii (Sr., San Diego, Calif.) with an RBI single to right tied the game at 5 in the top of the fourth.
The ThunderWolves then took a 6-5 lead in the fifth with a run-scoring double by Lopez.
However, the Mountain Lions would not go away as Jessica Belsterling homered to lead off the bottom of the seventh sending the game to extra innings.
Neither team would score in the eighth although a pair of walks, a passed ball and a 2-run double by Smith gave the Pack an 8-6 lead. The Mountain Lions would respond as Jennings singled before Fonseca homered to tie the game.
Nikki Hoffman and Becca Needler then doubled as UCCS claimed the win.
The ThunderWolves will try to bounce back as the teams meet in another doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.