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February 24, 2013

Unkrich Becomes Wins Leader As Mines Walks Off Game One, 8-0

GOLDEN – Senior Kelly Unkrich continued her dominance on the rubber and classmate Macy Jones delivered her second walk-off hit in as many weekends as the Colorado School of Mines softball team picked up an 8-0, five-inning decision over Western New Mexico in game one Saturday at the CSM Softball Field.

In addition to remaining perfect at 8-0 overall, Unkrich moved past former teammate Katie Kocman (2006-09) as the all-time winningest pitcher at Mines, recording career win No. 52 with five innings of two-hit softball. She struck out six and walked just one, throwing 49 of her 78 pitches for strikes.

The conference leader in wins, ERA (0.65) and strikeouts (71), Unkrich has not allowed a run in 36.2 consecutive innings, including her last five starts, striking out 45 in that span.

With Mines (12-2-1, 3-0 RMAC) leading 5-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Jones rose to the occasion once again, bringing the contest to a close with her second triple of the game, a bases loaded shot to deep right center on a one-out, 0-1 delivery that scored freshman Dana Gallegos, junior Melissa Marshall and sophomore Paige Coufal.

Jones finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while the three RBI were a season-high.

Marshall and senior Kamee Vessey each had two RBI and junior Sami Springer drove in one, going 2-for-2 with a walk.

Marshall went 1-of-2 with a run scored and gave the Orediggers a 3-0 lead in the third, plating sophomore Cassie Ford and senior Molly Thiebaut with a triple to the gap in right.

Vessey was officially 0-for-1 with a walk, but was responsible for the first and fourth runs of the game thanks to a sacrifice fly to left in the first and RBI groundout to the second baseman in the fourth.

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