LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Facing its third NFCA Division II Preseason Top-25 vote-getter in as many games, the Colorado School of Mines softball team was held to a season-low five hits as West Texas A&M rallied for an 8-5 victory in Saturday's nightcap of the Desert Stinger Tournament at the Majestic Park fields in Las Vegas.
The early inning scoring prowess continued for Mines which jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two runs in the first and one in the third. The Orediggers have taken the initial lead with first inning scores in six of eight games this season.
In the first, senior Molly Thiebaut followed back-to-back infield singles by classmate Macy Jones and junior Courtney Derus and a walk to junior Sami Springer with a one-out, two-RBI single to rightfield.
After reaching on a fielder's choice and advancing to third on a miscue by the shortstop, Derus scurried home on a wild pitch for the lone run in the third.
The Lady Buffs (4-0) responded with eight runs over the middle three frames, including four in the home half of the third on a two-run double to left and two-run homer to right center. A leadoff solo shot in the fourth inning paired with an RBI single down the rightfield line and two-RBI base hit up the middle in the fifth gave WTAM an 8-3 lead.
With the bases full in the sixth, junior Morgan Anderson plated Springer with an RBI groundout to second and sophomore Paige Coufal scored Thiebaut on single to short, but the Orediggers (6-1-1) stranded two in the inning and a runner in scoring position in the seventh, falling for the first time.
Jones finished 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Thiebaut went 1-for-4 with the two RBI and one run.
Senior starting pitcher Ashley Goletz (3-1) suffered her first loss, surrendering six earned runs on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 4.0 innings.
Mines concludes the five-game tournament at 3 p.m. (MST) today against Simon Fraser.