DENVER – Led by the tandem of sophomore Cassie Ford and senior Kelly Unkrich, the NFCA No. 12 Colorado School of Mines softball team kept its unbeaten streak intact at 13 games, grounding Metro State 9-0 in five innings Sunday morning at Auraria Field in Denver.
Ford continued to befuddle opponents' pitching, going 3-for-3 with a team-high three RBI and scoring once, her third straight multi-hit game and fifth straight multi-RBI effort.
Over her last three games, Ford is hitting .900 (9-for-10) with 10 RBI, six runs, three home runs and two doubles, and boasts a 2.000 slugging percentage and .917 on-base percentage.
Unkrich (13-0) continued her status quo of dominance in the circle, throwing 53 of 77 pitches for strikes with eight strikeouts and only two hits and three total baserunners allowed in the five-inning, complete game, her fourth shutout of two hits or less this season.
The two-time RMAC Pitcher of the Week remains the conference leader in wins, ERA (0.80), strikeouts (100) and shutouts (8).
Senior Macy Jones was also 3-for-3 at the plate, her team-leading eighth multi-hit game, scoring three times and walking once, while senior outfield counterpart Kamee Vessey notched her team-best eighth multi-RBI outing, plating two and scoring one on 1-for-3 hitting.
A leadoff triple to right on the first pitch of the contest moved Jones into tie for second with Kim Kaiser (2001-04) in the Mines' career record book with 13.
Junior Courtney Derus scored twice and had two RBI, both coming on a one-out, fifth inning homer down the left field line, her third this year.
In addition to Saturday's 13-10 victory, the Orediggers (20-2-1, 11-0 RMAC) have won nine straight versus the Roadrunners and 16 of the last 24 since 2008. Mines' 13-game overall win streak is one shy of matching the program's all-time mark set in 2009.