LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sophomore designated player Cassie Ford recorded the first multi-home run game of her career and the Colorado School of Mines softball team used a six-run first inning to hold off Cal Baptist, 8-6, in the opening game of the fourth annual MSUB Desert Stinger Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ford went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI, including a three-run shot in the top of the first that gave Mines a 6-0 advantage. She added a one-out, solo homer in the fourth for a 7-4 lead after the Lancers closed within two with one run in the bottom of the second and three in the third.
After a one-out, solo homer sparked CBU to the three-run third, the Lancers tacked on a pair in the fifth with two more solo long balls to draw within 7-6. CBU would draw no closer though as senior Kelly Unkrich allowed just one hit over the final 2.1 innings for her first save and junior Sami Springer singled home senior Macy Jones with an insurance tally in the top of the seventh to keep Mines' unbeaten record intact at 4-0-1.
The Orediggers sent nine batters to the plate in the first, collecting five runs on six hits and a Lancer miscue. Jones led off with a two-bagger to right and upon advancing on a wild pitch, senior Kamee Vessey drove her in with a single to center. Springer worked a four-pitch walk and senior Molly Thiebaut followed with a two-RBI double to center, scoring Vessey and Springer. Junior Melissa Marshall then reached on two-out single to left to set up Ford's rightfield blast.
With her drive to center, Thiebaut has hit safely in all five games this season, extending the second-longest hitting streak in program history to 19 in a row, while the Orediggers' six-run first marked the third straight game and fourth time this season Mines has sent runs across in the opening frame. CSM has yet to trail in a game this season, a span of 32 innings.
Springer finished 2-for-3 for her second multi-hit game this season with one RBI, one run scored and one walk, while Thiebaut and Vessey accounted for the other three RBI with their first inning base knocks.
Senior Ashley Goletz moved to 3-0 on the rubber, working 4.2 innings and surrendering five earned runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
The Orediggers continue the Stinger this evening at 5:30 p.m. (MST) against host Montana State-Billings. The Yellow Jackets received the seventh-most votes in the Others Receiving Votes category of the NFCA Preseason Division II Top-25 Poll.