DENVER – The Colorado School of Mines softball team plated runs in three of the first four innings, including a five-run third to defeat Adams State 10-4 Saturday in the RMAC Preseason at Regis Softball Field in Denver.
Seven Orediggers had a hand in the 10-run, 12-hit affair with junior rightfielder Sami Springer leading the way, going 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs.
Sophomore third baseman Paige Coufal, junior first baseman Melissa Marshall and sophomore designated player Cassie Ford all notched one RBI. Coufal finished 2-for-3 with a lead-off double in the second, two runs and one walk; Marshall went 1-for-4 with two runs and Ford was 1-for-2 with one run and one walk.
Senior starting pitcher Ashley Goletz (2-0) was efficient in the circle, yielding three earned runs on five hits and two walks, while fanning two for her second complete-game win in as many days.
Back-to-back two-out singles in the bottom of the first by Springer and Thiebaut and a two-out bunt single by Duwyler in the third gave Mines a 3-0 lead after two.
Following an Adams State (0-2) RBI hit-and-run in the top half of the third, the Orediggers strung together five consecutive base hits in the bottom of the frame, pushing the lead to 8-1 with their second five-run inning of the season.
Mines has posted one inning of five runs or more in each game thus far this season, highlighted by a seven-run sixth inning in yesterday's 12-0 blanking of Metro State.
Senior centerfielder Kamee Vessey drew a lead-off walk and Springer singled to right. Thiebaut and Coufal then collected RBI singles; Marshall added an RBI double to right center and Ford recorded an opposite field RBI single down the right field line.
The Grizzlies scored three on two hits in the fourth, but Mines answered with two more in the fifth as Jones sent a base-loaded, one-out single back up the middle with the infield drawn in, scoring Ford and Marshall.
Goletz retired the side in both the sixth and seventh to keep the Orediggers unbeaten on the young season at 3-0.