DURANGO – Following four scoreless innings Saturday morning at Fort Lewis, the NFCA No. 12 Colorado School of Mines softball team exploded for nine runs in the top of the fifth to drop the host Skyhawks 9-0 in five innings at Aspen Field in Durango.
Igniting the two-out, nine-run outburst that saw 13 batters come to the plate was senior Molly Thiebaut who doubled to right center and advanced on a single through the left side by junior Gianna Duncan. Senior Macy Jones singled in Thiebaut and upon stealing second, took third base on a throwing error by the shortstop, allowing freshman pinch-runner Dana Gallegos to score.
Back-to-back-to-back walks to junior Morgan Anderson, senior Kamee Vessey and junior Sami Springer brought the score to 3-0. Junior Courtney Derus followed with a two-RBI single to left. A wild pitch and fielding error by the third baseman added two more to the Orediggers' total. Thiebaut then singled to center, her second hit of the frame, and Duncan and freshman Elise Dugwyler capped the scoring with consecutive RBI singles.
Thiebaut and Dugwyler each finished 2-for-3, while Duncan was 2-for-2 for the second game in the series and third time in her past four. Thiebaut was one of eight Orediggers (24-4-1, 15-2 RMAC) to cross home plate, matching her season-high with two runs scored.
Benefitting from the season-high scoring inning was senior Kelly Unkrich who improved to 15-1, limiting the Skyhawks' lineup to just three hits for the second straight start, while striking out five and walking one. The shutout was the ninth of the season for Unkrich, tied for second-most in Division II prior to the weekend.
The RMAC career leader in starts (93), complete games (76), innings pitched (639.2) and saves (9), Unkrich is currently two wins and six shutouts away from tying the all-time conference marks of 61 and 26 held by Amanda Kelly (1997-00) of Nebraska-Kearney.