GOLDEN – Colorado School of Mines softball staved off a comeback bid by Southwest Minnesota State and earned its first win of the season Saturday, defeating the visiting Mustangs 8-6 in the 2014 home-opener at CSM Softball Field.
Mines (1-5) rallied from a 3-0 hole with five runs in its opening at-bat on a one-out RBI single to center from senior Sami Springer and a pair of two-run doubles by junior Cassie Ford and senior Melissa Marshall.
Sophomore starter Kristen Prudhomme (1-4) then settled in, retiring 10 of the next 15 batters with only two hits allowed between the second and fifth innings.
The Orediggers added insurance scores in the fifth, extending the lead to 8-3 as senior Courtney Derus tripled in Ford and Springer, and Marshall followed with a sharp base hit down the rightfield line.
SMSU (0-1) cut the lead to 8-6 in its half of the sixth and was threatening with bases loaded, before senior Gianna Duncan snared a line drive at third base on a 1-2 count to quiet the rally.
The Mustangs sent the tying run to the plate with one out in the seventh on a walk and single to left. However, freshman rightfielder Kara Walling gloved a tailing fly ball off the bat of Bailie Sheahan and threw out the tagging runner at third, completing the Orediggers' fourth double play and securing head coach Leah Glasgow's initial win at the helm.
Batting third through sixth, Springer, Ford, Derus and Marshall combined to go 7-for-11 with seven RBI and six runs scored.
Springer batted 2-for-4 with two runs; Ford was 2-for-3 with the two RBI and two runs, and Marshall closed 2-for-2 with three RBI and a walk. Derus finished 1-for-2 with two RBI, two runs and one walk.
Prudhomme totaled 129 pitches in 6.1 innings of work with four earned runs allowed on nine hits and three strikeouts to earn her first collegiate win in the circle.