The No. 12 Colorado School of Mines softball team squared off against the CSU-Pueblo Thunder Wolves in game one of two on the day. The lady Orediggers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Elise Dugwyler scored on a wild pitch, but CSUP answered in the top of the fourth with a two run home run and tacked on four more unanswered runs in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead. Molly Thiebaut drove in a run in the sixth after Sami Springer and Cassie Ford had back-to-back singles.
Ford, Springer, and Gianna Duncan were two for three in the game from the plate, and Thiebaut was one for three with an RBI. For the first time in eight starts, pitcher Ashley Goletz (13-4) took the loss, giving up six earned on 10 hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
In the second game of the day, donning pink jerseys, the CSM softball team overcame just their fifth loss of the year to drub the home team UC-Colorado Springs mountain lions 9-1 in five innings. The win brings Mines to 35-5-1, and 25-3 in the RMAC. Having already clinched the RMAC for the third consecutive year, the lady Orediggers will look to finish the year strong with their final games of the year on Sunday.
The Lady Orediggers hit four home runs to tie a season high in the win, and Courtney Derus had two of those herself and has eight this year, going two for three from the plate with two RBIs. Macy Jones hit her fourth home run of the year to start the game for the Orediggers and after Duncan walked, Springer hit her first home run of the year to give Mines a 3-0 lead after just one half inning.
Those three runs would prove to be more than enough of a cushion as Kelly Unkrich pitched, giving up only one run on six hits. It was Unkrich’s thirty second consecutive complete game and she recorded six strikeouts while walking none, improving to 21-1 on the year. While three runs were enough to get the win, the Lady Orediggers scored six more on the day including four runs in the fourth inning.
Duncan was one for one on the day with three walks and Jones also had three walks to go along with her second inning homer. Kamee Vessey and Dugwyler were both one for three from the plates each scoring a run.