LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Backed by a one-hit shutout by senior ace Kelly Unkrich, the Colorado School of Mines softball team cruised in its Desert Stinger Tournament finale Sunday in Las Vegas, defeating British Columbia's Simon Fraser 8-0 in five innings.
A day after holding NFCA Division II Preseason No. 11 Cal. State Dominguez Hills to just one run and five hits in the Orediggers' 6-1 upset, Unkrich surrendered just a two-out single in the third inning. She faced the minimum of 15 batters as the two Clan runners that reached were thrown out on the base paths and retired seven via the strikeout.
Her second blank sheet of the season raised her career program record to 13, while her fourth game of seven strikeouts bumped her career program lead to 456. The complete game was the fourth this season by the RMAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year and is one away from tying Carrie Wittkopf (1999-02) for the all-time mark at Mines with 66.
Derus plated sophomore Paige Coufal on a one-out single in the second and scored Dugwyler with two outs in the fourth.
In the third, Mines sent 12 batters to the dish, scoring six runs – all with two outs – on five hits, three walks and an SFU error. Dugwyler drew a bases loaded free pass; Jones drove in both junior Morgan Anderson and Coufal; Vessey singled home Dugwyler and Springer pushed across Derus and Jones with a single to cap the scoring.
The Orediggers finished the Montana State-Billings annual Desert Stinger with four wins in five games, reversing last season's 1-4 record to improve to 7-1-1 in 2013.
Mines returns to Colorado soil for their home-opener this Saturday, Feb. 16 against Upper Iowa and former CSM head coach Anna Van Wetzinga. The Orediggers and Peacocks are slated for three games over the weekend, beginning with a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.