CANYON, Texas – NFCA No. 11 and third-seeded Colorado School of Mines yielded season-highs in runs, hits and home runs as sixth-seeded Angelo State defeated the Orediggers 13-0 in six innings on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA South Central Regional at Schaeffer Park in Canyon, Texas.
Held scoreless for the first time this season and first since a 4-0 setback to Colorado Mesa in last year's RMAC Tournament, Mines (40-6-1) will face No. 7 and second-seeded West Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m. (CDT)/2:30 p.m. (MDT) Saturday. The host Lady Buffs fell to seventh-seeded St. Edward's in the nightcap, 5-2.
The Orediggers had several scoring opportunities in the early goings, outhitting the Rambelles 4-to-2 and placing runners in scoring position in each of the first four frames, including at first and third with one out in the bottom of the fourth, yet failed to capitalize as seven were left on base over the span.
Following four scoreless innings, Angelo State (36-16) broke the deadlock on an RBI single to short left with no outs in the fifth and pushed the score to 5-0 with a two-out grand slam just inside the leftfield foul pole by second baseman Darian Dunn.
In the sixth, Dunn followed a solo long ball by Ambra Hill with a her second homer of the contest – a two-out, three-run shot to deep left as the Rambelles padded the lead with eight runs on nine hits.
Senior Kamee Vessey and junior Sami Springer each finished 1-for-2, while senior Macy Jones, junior Gianna Duncan and sophomore Cassie Ford each went 1-for-3. Duncan extended her career-best hitting and reached base streaks to 11 and 14 games, respectively, with a one-out double to right field in the fifth.
Senior Kelly Unkrich, recently named to the NFCA Division II All-South Central Region First Team, suffered her first loss in 12 starts and just her second of the season, falling to 26-2 with five strikeouts and 10 earned runs allowed on 10 hits and four walks in 5.2 innings.