This past weekend, the Metro State Softball team opened up the 2013 season with the Metro/Regis Tournament. On Friday, Feb. 1, Metro took on Adams State University and Colorado School of Mines, and defeated the Grizzlies 13-5 in 6 innings and lost to the Orediggers 0-12 in 6 innings. Metro then faced off against Regis University and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday, Feb. 2 and defeated the Rangers 3-2 and lost to the Mountain Lions 5-6. Metro finished up the tournament with a game on Sunday Feb. 3 at Regis and defeated the Rangers 6-3.
Metro VS Adams State
The Roadrunners opened the tournament against Adams State University and defeated the Grizzlies 13-5 in six innings. Metro sent out senior pitcher Aubree Maul for this game.
MSU got the scoring going in the first inning when junior catcher, Kelsey Tillery hit a single to centerfield scoring junior centerfielder, Dani Sandel but sophomore shortstop, Suzie Oury was thrown out at third base and then Tillery was thrown out at second for trying to stretch her hit into a double but damage was done and thee Runners led 1-0.
In the third inning, Metro scored again when Maul singled home Sandel to make it 2-0 Metro and moved Tillery to second with her hit. The very next batter, sophomore first baseman Chelsea Brew hit a pitch that went over the wall for her first home run of the season scoring Tillery and Maul to make it 5-0 Roadrunners. Then junior designated player, Stephanie Dunham singled home senior second baseman, Annalyse Garcia to make it 6-0 Runners.
The Grizzlies finally got on the board when leftfielder, Jennie Archambault hit her first home run of the season scoring third baseman Erica Haugum to make it 6-2.
In the fifth inning, Adams came back with a couple more runs. Centerfielder, Katelyn Lovato tripled home shortstop Casey Chaney to make it 6-3 and then second baseman Brttani Richins singled home Lovato to make it 6-4 Roadrunners.
The Runners then answered back in the bottom of the fifth. Brew lead off the inning with her second home run of the game. Sophomore leftfielder, Mary Towner followed with her first home run of the season to make it 8-4 Metro. Oury then singled home sophomore third baseman, Amanda Taney and moved Sandel to third. Oury advanced to second on the throw. Tillery then reached on an error scoring both Sandel and Oury to make it 11-4 Metro.
Then in the sixth inning, the Grizzlies got a run when catcher, DJ Consonero singled home Archambault to make it 11-5 Metro.
Metro finally got the mercy when Taney ripped a double with the bases loaded scoring Brew and Garcia to end the game as the Roadrunners won 13-5 in six innings.
“We came out really strong,” head coach Kristi Lansford said. “We let them get back into it a little bit, but we did a good job of when they came back we would come back and we would score runs and we did a good job with that.”
Maul pitched 6 innings giving up 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned runs and 5 strikeouts.
Metro VS Mines
The Runners then finished up Friday with a game against Colorado School of Mines. Unlike the game against the Grizzlies, this game would be a struggle for the red and blue at the plate and on the mound.
Metro sent out senior pitcher Brittany Moss for this game. Mines countered with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason pitcher of the year Kelly Unkrich.
Mines got the scoring going in the second inning when leftfielder, Macy Jones walked with the bases loaded scoring first baseman, Melissa Marshall to make it 0-1 Mines. Then, centerfielder Kamee Vessey doubled with the bases loaded scoring rightfielder, Elise Dugwyler, Jones and second baseman, Courtney Derus to make it 0-4 Orediggers.
Mines added a run in the fifth inning when third baseman, Paige Coufal singled home, Molly Thiebaut and advancing Dugwyler to second to make it 0-5 CSM.
Mines then got the mercy rule when Jones singled into rightfield scoring designated player Cassie Ford. Then Derus doubled to right scoring both Jones and Dugwyler. Then with the bases loaded again, shortstop, Gianna Duncan singled home Derus and Vessey and advanced catcher, Sami Springer to third. Springer then scored on a wild pitch and moved Duncan to second. Pinch hitter, Morgan Anderson then singled home Duncan with the bases loaded to make it 0-12 Mines and that would do it as the Orediggers convincingly defeated the Roadrunners 0-12 in six innings.
“We were a little flat and we didn’t execute offensively or defensively,” Lansford said. “We just had a rough game.”
Unkrich was masterful as she went 6 innings, allowing 7 hits and 2 walks, but Metro couldn’t get on the board. Unkrich also had 5 strikeouts to get her first win of the season.
“She threw well,” Lansford said. “We didn’t make the necessary adjustments to hit her.”
Moss finished with a line of 5 innings, 9 hits, 9 runs, 9 earned runs, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Oury went 3 for 3 in the game.
Metro VS Regis
Metro opened Saturday February 2 with a game against Regis University and defeated the Rangers 3-2. This game would be a pitcher’s duel as Maul was sent back out to start this one.
Regis got the scoring going when designated player Nicole Hull reached on an error scoring centerfielder Brianna Bogdajewicz to make it 0-1 Regis.
Metro got on the board in the second inning when Towner doubled home Brew to tie the game at 1.
Then in the third, Oury stole second and Taney stole home to make it 2-1 Metro. Maul then helped herself as she doubled home Oury to make it 3-1 Roadrunners.
Regis then came back with a run in the fifth when shortstop Rachel Illias singled home pinch runner Ashley Prescott to make it 3-2 Metro. That would do it as Maul threw a gem finishing the game with 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, a walk and 5 strikeouts.
“She did a great job. She’s tough,” Lansford said. “She’s starting where she left off last year and that’s good. She’s starting off strong so I hope she just keeps it up and she’s our go to person.”
Metro VS UCCS
Metro then took on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and lost to the Mountain Lions 5-6.
The Mountain Lions got the scoring going when in the second inning when third baseman Allie Corids reached on a fielder’s choice after a great diving stop by Taney that scored first baseman Emily Jennings to make it 0-1 UCCS.
Then in the third inning, Jennings hit a sacrifice fly that scored centerfielder Payton Kornfeind to make it 0-2. Then designated player Jessica Belstering grounded out to short scoring leftfielder Marissa Wallace to make it 0-3.
Then in the fourth inning, Kornfeind doubled home Corids and then Wallace reached on an error scoring Kornfeind to make it 0-5 UCCS.
Metro finally got on the board when Maul homered to right with Tillery on base making it 2-5 UCCS.
Then in the fifth inning, Dunham and Taney hit back to back home runs to make it 4-5. It was Taney’s first career college home run.
Metro finally tied it up in the sixth when Brew doubled home freshman pinch runner Brandi Roundtree.
UCCS got the lead back in the seventh when Corids hit a sacrifice fly that scored Belstering to make it 5-6 UCCS.
Metro had a chance to tie it up but Brew struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.
Mountain Lions pitcher Becca Smith finished the game with 12 strikeouts. Moss finished with 7 innings, 8 hits 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 3 walks and a strikeout.
Taney showed that she is ready to play. She made a few great stops on defense and she got her first home run.
“She has just done a great job and I hope she keeps it,” Lansford said. “She’s done a great job defensively and offensively. It’s really good to see the sophomores step up. It’s great to see the younger players come through and do that.”
What kind of things has Metro learned from these games?
“We just have to not give up so many unearned runs,” Lansford said. “We really have to clean up our defense and make that strong and try to cut down the amount of unearned runs we give up.”
Metro at Regis
Metro finished up the tournament with a game at Regis and would go onto defeat the Rangers 6-3.
For more information or stats for this game, go to gometrostate.com.
Metro will next play in the Desert Stinger Tournament from February 8 to February 10.