GOLDEN – Junior second baseman Courtney Derus delivered a walk-off grand slam and the NFCA 13th-ranked Colorado School of Mines softball team toppled Metro State for the 10th straight game, winning 13-5 in five innings at the CSM Softball Field in Golden on Friday.
Derus capped the second six-run outburst of the game for the Orediggers, following singles by sophomore Cassie Ford, juniors Melissa Marshall and Gianna Duncan, freshman Elise Dugwyler and senior Macy Jones with her first career grand slam and fourth round tripper of the season.
Five Orediggers registered two hits in the contest as Mines outhit the Roadrunners 14-to-6.
Duncan matched her classmate with a career-high four RBI on a pair of two-run singles in the second and fifth frames, finishing 2-for-2 with one walk and one run.
Jones went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs, doubling home Duncan and senior Molly Thiebaut in the second with a double to the gap in left center. She leads Mines with 10 multi-hit efforts and shares the team-lead with Derus and classmate Kamee Vessey for multi-RBI games with eight.
Ford, the reigning Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II and RMAC Player of the Week, was 2-for-2 with one home run, a leadoff blast to straightaway center in the third, and matched her season-high with three runs scored. Her fourth long ball in the last six games and sixth of the season moved her into a six-way tie for fourth in the RMAC.
Marshall extended her season-best hitting streak to seven straight, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs.
Vessey and Thiebaut both plated one on 1-for-3 hitting.
Senior starting pitcher Ashley Goletz collected the win, giving up five earned runs on six hits and three walks, while fanning two in 4.1 innings to improve to 8-3.
The Orediggers (22-3-1, 13-1 RMAC) have won eight straight at home and are 4-0 against the Roadrunners (9-16, 2-11 RMAC) this season, winning 17 of 25 in the series since 2008.
Mines concludes the three-team conference pod tomorrow, beginning with a 12 p.m. matchup versus Colorado Mesa followed by a 2 p.m. bout with the Roadrunners.