Orediggers Drop BHSU 7-1; Unkrich Tops All-Time RMAC Wins List
GOLDEN – Senior Kelly Unkrich allowed one earned run and five hits and classmate Molly Thiebaut added a three-run home run as the NFCA No. 13 Colorado School of Mines softball team turned aside Black Hills State 7-1 in the opening game Sunday at the CSM Softball Field.
Unkrich, the most accomplished pitcher in school and RMAC history, worked her 29th straight complete game, striking out eight and walking four in the full 7.0 innings to run her season record to 18-1 and career mark to 62-39.
The RMAC and program career leader in wins, starts (96), complete games (78), innings pitched (655.2) and saves (10), Unkrich added the title as all-time winningest conference pitcher to her resume, moving past Nebraska-Kearney's Amanda Kelly (1997-00) for sole ownership.
The Orediggers (28-4-1, 19-2 RMAC) spotted Unkrich a 7-0 lead, sending two across in the first and fourth frames and three in the third courtesy of Thiebaut's long ball to left center.
Thiebaut finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and the three RBI, her eighth multi-RBI game of the season.
Vessey was 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk, plating the opening run of the morning with a one-out, first inning single to centerfield. The RMAC leader with 24 walks, including seven over the last five games, Vessey has safely reached base in a team season-best 21 straight games.
Junior Sami Springer matched her season-high with three hits, going 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run, while senior Macy Jones had her team-leading 12th multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs and a career-high tying three stolen bases.