GOLDEN – The Colorado School of Mines softball team rallied from a one-run deficit with a pair of scores in its final at-bat, defeating Western New Mexico 4-3 in Friday's nightcap at the CSM Softball Field.
Trailing 3-2, senior Macy Jones led off the seventh inning with a single through the left side and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior Courtney Derus. Senior Kamee Vessey delivered an RBI triple over the fielder's head in right, scoring Jones, and then scampered home on a fielding error by the shortstop off the bat of junior Sami Springer for the second walk-off win in three games for Mines (11-2-1, 2-0 RMAC).
Sparked by a leadoff double to the gap in right center by Springer, the Orediggers got on board first with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore pinch-hitter Paige Coufal plated Springer with an RBI single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home. Senior Molly Thiebaut reentered for Coufal and upon advancing to third on a single by sophomore Cassie Ford, came home on a wild pitch to give Mines the 2-0 advantage.
Two singles, one sacrifice bunt and an Oredigger throwing error in the top half of the seventh allowed the Mustangs (3-10, 0-2 RMAC) to stake the 3-2 lead.
Senior Ashley Goletz went the distance in the circle, striking out a season-high six batters with no earned runs on four hits and four walks to move to 4-2 in 2013.
After just three singles over the first five frames, Mines finished with nine hits in the contest with eight Orediggers recording a base knock, led by freshman Elise Dugwyler who went 2-for-3, her third multi-hit game this season.
Vessey and Jones each were 1-for-4 with a run scored and Springer was 1-for-3 with one run. Vessey's run-scoring triple in the seventh moved her into second in the conference with 15 RBI.
The teams wrap up the four-game series tomorrow in Golden, beginning at 11 a.m.