GOLDEN – Senior Kelly Unkrich worked a scoreless complete game for the fourth straight start and the Colorado School of Mines softball team downed visiting Western New Mexico 3-0 Friday afternoon in the RMAC opener at the CSM Softball Field in Golden.
Even with sub-30 degree temperatures and the occasional snow flurries, Unkrich sizzled on the rubber, striking out five of the first eight batters, including the side in the second inning en route to her sixth complete game of at least seven strikeouts this season. She did not allow a runner to reach third base, scattering three hits and yielding just one walk on 102 pitches to move to 7-0 on the year.
After taking over the program lead in career complete games in the last outing, Unkrich moved into a share for the all-time wins mark at Mines, tying Katie Kocman (2006-09) with her 51st triumph in the circle.
The conference leader in wins, ERA (0.70) and strikeouts (65), Unkrich has not allowed a run in 31.2 consecutive innings, fanning 39 over that stretch, and has surrendered just one run in her last five starts, a span of 34.0 innings.
Unkrich was given an early 1-0 lead in the second as junior Melissa Marshall singled to left, advanced to third on a throwing error by the leftfielder, then came home a two-out single back through the middle by junior Gianna Duncan.
Helped by two more Mustang (3-9, 0-1 RMAC) miscues, Mines (9-2-1, 1-0 RMAC) added two insurance runs in the sixth. Senior Kamee Vessey led off with a single to center and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt by the catcher. Junior Sami Springer drew a five-pitch walk and then forced an errant throw by the catcher as she stole second, allowing Vessey to score easily. Following two infield outs, sophomore Cassie Ford drove in Springer with a base rip to center.