COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Whitney Weber hit a double to left center field in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in Saleen Quinonez for the game-winning run in the series finale, helping the University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball team to a four-game series sweep at Mountain Lion Field against Fort Lewis College.
The sweep improves UCCS to 20-24 overall and 15-17 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. It also marked their second series sweep this season (at CSU-Pueblo, March 30-31).
In the series finale, UCCS broke a 0-0 tie in the third inning on Taylor Reidhead’s single to score Weber.
Trailing 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, UCCS regained the lead to score five runs on two hits. Lexi Belligan drove in Weber and Melissa Martinek on a double, followed by Alex Cook’s three-run shot to left centerfield that gave UCCS the lead with Reidhead and Amanda Nobles scoring on Cook’s third homerun of the day.
Cook added another RBI in the sixth inning on a sacrifice hit that scored Martinek, boosting the Mountain Lions lead to 7-5.
The Skyhawks came back in the seventh inning on a two-run homerun to tie the game at 7-7, before Weber’s game-winning hit.
Reidhead earned her second win of the day in the circle, closing the game in the final two-and-one-third inning.
Weber and Taylor White each went 2-for-4 at the plate. Weber added two runs and one run batted in. Cook drove in four runs on one hit and scored once.
In Sunday’s first game of the day, the Mountain Lions run-ruled FLC in five innings, 14-5. Cook hit her first of three homeruns of the day in the second inning. Two outs later, Martinek tripled down the right field line to score Quinonez and Lexi Anderson.
UCCS notched seven runs in the third inning. Anderson, Kylie Barnard, Martinek and Weber (two) each recorded RBIs, including two runs that were scored on a defensive error.
Kelly Kukla reached base in the fourth inning on a single, and then proceeded to steal second and reach third on a wild pitch. Anderson batted in Kukla for an 11-0 lead, before Weber singled to plate Katherine Larson.
With a 12-0 advantage to start the fifth inning, the Skyhawks scored five runs to cut into the Mountain Lions lead, 12-5.
Cook sealed the win for UCCS with a two-run homerun to right center, bringing in Reidhead.
The Mountain Lions posted 15 hits in the game, including two triples and two homeruns.
UCCS will travel to New Mexico Highlands University April 21-22 for their final road series of the regular season.