COLORADO SPRINGS – After totaling 16 runs and 20 hits in its previous two wins, the NFCA No. 12 Colorado School of Mines softball team needed just one run in the regular season finale Sunday, ending a five-game skid to CSU-Pueblo with 1-0 shutout at Mountain Lion Field in Colorado Springs.
Senior starting pitchers Kelly Unkrich and Justine Bosio went toe-to-toe over the first five innings, yielding no runs and scattering 11 combined singles.
Mines (36-5-1, 27-3 RMAC) finally broke the scoreless stalemate in the sixth behind a trio of juniors as Gianna Duncan singled to left; Sami Springer reached on a fielder's choice and advanced one base on a throwing error by the shortstop and Melissa Marshall tagged a single to right for the go-ahead score and eventual game-winner.
Marshall, sophomore Cassie Ford and senior Molly Thiebaut each went 1-for-3, while Duncan finished 2-for-3, extending her season-high hitting and reached base streaks to six and nine games, respectively.
Freshman Elise Dugwyler reached base for the sixth straight game with an infield single in the second inning, finishing 1-for-2. Sophomore Paige Coufal added a pinch-hit base hit to short in the fifth.
Unkrich went the distance for the 33rd straight start and reestablished the Mines single-season wins mark for the second time, allowing seven singles and four walks, while whiffing three to improve to 22-1. Her 11th shutout, also a single-season record and third-most in Division II entering the weekend, pulled her within four of tying Amanda Kelly (1997-00) of Nebraska-Kearney for the all-time RMAC career mark of 26.
As the RMAC regular season champions and No. 1 seed, the Orediggers will host the conference tournament May 2-4 at both the CSM Softball Field in Golden and nearby Lakewood Park. The eight-team tournament field will be announced later today.