DURANGO – Helped by two unearned runs off three fielding miscues, Fort Lewis defeated the NFCA No. 12 Colorado School of Mines softball team 2-1 in Friday's opener at Aspen Field in Durango, snapping losing streaks of four straight at home and seven straight overall to the Orediggers.
Mines (22-4-1, 13-2 RMAC) outhit the Skyhawks 8-to-3, but could only muster one run in the top of the first as it tied its season-high with 10 runners left on base.
Senior Macy Jones opened the afternoon with a triple to right center and eventually scurried home on a wild pitch for the Orediggers' lone score.
Jones finished 1-for-3 with a walk and moved within one of the school and RMAC record for career triples of 15 held by Heidi Bauer (2002-04) with her fourth three-bagger of the year.
Senior Molly Thiebaut and juniors Melissa Marshall and Morgan Anderson each had one hit in the setback with Marshall and Anderson reaching via third and fifth inning doubles. Marshall's two-out, third inning shot along the right field line extended her hitting streak to eight straight, tied for the longest by an Oredigger this season.
Despite no earned runs and only three hits allowed, senior Kelly Unkrich suffered her first blemish on the rubber, falling to 14-1. She threw 65-of-102 pitches for strikes, fanning five and walking one over the full 6.0 innings.