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March 16, 2013

Ford’s Two Homers Power No. 12 Orediggers Past Metro State

DENVER – Backed by a career-day at the plate by sophomore designated player Cassie Ford, the NFCA No. 12 Colorado School of Mines softball team ran its win streak to 12 in a row, withstanding a late surge to stall host Metro State, 13-10, Saturday at Auraria Field in Denver.

Ford had a career-high four hits in five plate appearances, launching two home runs and matching her collegiate-bests with four RBI and three runs scored. Her second multi-home run game of the season came on leadoff, solo blasts in the third and fourth innings.

Coupled with her 2-for-2 effort against Regis earlier in the afternoon, Ford finished the day 6-for-7 (.857) with three homers, five runs and seven RBI, resulting in a remarkable 2.286 slugging percentage and .889 on-base percentage.

Seniors Kamee Vessey, Macy Jones and Molly Thiebaut combined for five hits and seven RBI with Jones and Thiebaut both generating two hits, two RBI and one run scored.

Vessey drove in three on a two-run homer to left in the first and a sacrifice fly to center in the third for her team-leading seventh multi-RBI game. She has hit safely in a season-high seven straight games and successfully reached base in each of her last 10.

The Highlands Ranch native leads the team and is tied for second in the RMAC with six homers, ranking fifth on the school's career home run chart with 21, while Jones' solo long ball to center in the sixth inning moved her into sixth in the record book with 18.

Junior Melissa Marshall went 2-for-3 with one run and fellow newcomer Courtney Derus was 1-for-3, scoring twice.

Aided by a season-high 13 runs of support, senior Ashley Goletz (7-2) won her fourth straight in the circle, throwing 72 of her 110 pitches for strikes and yielding five earned runs on 13 hits, while walking just one.

The Orediggers (19-2-1, 10-0 RMAC) close the three-team weekend pod with two games tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m. against the Roadrunners, followed by a 12 p.m. matchup with Regis.

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