COLORADO SPRINGS – A season-high tying four home runs, including two from junior Courtney Derus, allowed the NFCA 12th-ranked Colorado School of Mines softball team to rebound from an earlier setback to CSU-Pueblo and take a 9-1, five-inning win over home standing UC-Colorado Springs Saturday at Mountain Lion Field.
Derus went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs, her team-leading 12th multi-RBI effort, lifting a one-out, solo home run to centerfield in the second inning and sparking Mines (34-5-1, 25-3 RMAC) to a five-run fourth with a leadoff blast on an 0-2 delivery.
One of two Orediggers with two multi-home run games, Derus leads the team and is tied for eighth in the RMAC with eight home runs.
Senior Macy Jones collected her fourth long ball this season and 20th of her career, sixth-most in Mines history, with a leadoff shot to leftfield in the top of the first. Jones went 1-for-1 with the one RBI and one run, and drew a season-high three walks.
Junior Sami Springer followed Jones' lead in the first, smacking her first homer of the year to leftfield – a one-out, two-RBI drive that scored classmate Gianna Duncan who reached on a four-pitch walk, her first of three in the contest. Springer finished 1-for-4 and scored twice.
Duncan was 1-for-1 with two runs and one RBI, overcoming a 0-2 count for a bases-loaded free pass in the fourth.
Senior Kelly Unkrich dealt her 32nd consecutive complete game, giving up just one earned run on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks to improve to 21-1 and match her school single-season wins record from 2011.
The Orediggers close the regular season tomorrow with a 10 a.m. bout versus CSU-Pueblo and 12 p.m. matchup against the Mountain Lions (23-16-1, 18-13 RMAC).