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February 24, 2013

Defense, Pitching Give Orediggers Four-Game Sweep of Western New Mexico

GOLDEN – Senior starting pitcher Ashley Goletz twice worked out of bases loaded jams and the Colorado School of Mines softball team swept the four-game series from Western New Mexico for the second season in a row, taking Saturday's second game at the CSM Softball Field, 4-2.

Goletz went the distance in the circle for the second straight game, improving to 5-2 with two earned runs on seven hits and four walks, while stranding eight. She matched her season-high of six strikeouts from Friday, throwing 82 of her 132 pitches inside the strike zone.

After answering each of the Orediggers' first two runs with a run in the third and fifth inning, the Mustangs (3-12, 0-4 RMAC) were poised to counter once again following a two-run home run to left in the fifth by senior Kamee Vessey that put Mines back in front, 4-2.

The first three batters reached base in the sixth for WNMU and after working a 1-2 count to the No. 9 hitter, Goletz induced a groundball to third that allowed sophomore Paige Coufal to take one step to her right, before firing a strike home to freshman catcher Elise Dugwyler for the twin killing.

Goletz struck out the final batter in the sixth and retired the side in the seventh for her fourth complete game this season. The Grand Junction native is tied for second in the RMAC in wins and ranks fourth in strikeouts (31).

Vessey's team-leading fourth long ball in the fifth inning moved her passed classmate Molly Thiebaut for sole possession of fifth place on the school's career home runs chart with 19, while the two RBI upped her season total to 19, two back of the conference lead.

Sophomore Cassie Ford finished with two of the Orediggers' six hits, going 2-for-3 and scoring twice.

Dugwyler and junior Melissa Marshall each had one RBI as Duwgyler gave Mines the 1-0 lead in the second inning on a groundout to first base and Marshall singled home Ford with a base hit down the left field line in the fourth to go ahead 2-1.

The Orediggers (13-2-1, 4-0 RMAC) travel to nearby Lakewood next weekend for a pair of conference doubleheaders with Colorado Christian. First pitch of game one is set for 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

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