DURANGO – After falling on the road for the first time in yesterday's opener against Fort Lewis, the NFCA No. 12 Colorado School of Mines softball team rallied from a four-run deficit in the finale, completing the Saturday sweep at Aspen Field in Durango with an 11-8 victory.
The Skyhawks (7-18, 5-15 RMAC) jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a grand slam off the bat of Tehenia Telliano, but Mines (25-4-1, 16-2 RMAC) countered with a six-run third and three-run fourth and withstood a second four-run frame by FLC in the fifth, before plating two insurance scores in the seventh for the series win.
Junior Courtney Derus had her third straight multi-RBI and second multi-hit game of the series, driving in three and scoring twice on 2-for-4 hitting. Derus leads the Orediggers with 11 games of two or more RBI and sits in a tie for fourth in the RMAC with 32 on the season.
Sophomore Paige Coufal posted her first multi-RBI contest of the year, all coming via a two-run, pinch-hit home run to left center in the seventh inning.
Despite no hits in one official at-bat, senior Kamee Vessey reached base for the 18th consecutive game with a one-out walk in the third and also scored twice.
Seniors Ashley Goletz and Kelly Unkrich combined for the decision in the circle as Goletz (10-3) took the win, tossing 4.2 innings with four strikeouts and seven earned runs, 11 hits and five walks allowed, and Unkrich collected the save, retiring seven of the eight batters she faced and striking out three in 2.1 frames of relief.
Unkrich's RMAC-leading third save this season was the 10th of her career, three more than any other pitcher in conference history.
The Orediggers return to Golden for an eight-game homestand, beginning at 12 p.m. next Saturday, April 6 with a RMAC doubleheader against Black Hills State (3-19, 2-13 RMAC).