GOLDEN – Ignited by a nine-run first inning, Colorado School of Mines rolled to a sweep of its home-opening doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State with a 14-5, five-inning win in the nightcap at CSM Softball Field.
Senior Sami Springer had her second multi-hit game of the afternoon, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBI – all coming in the five-hit, nine-run first frame that saw 13 batters come to the plate.
Senior Courtney Derus was 2-for-4 with two RBI, driving in both runs on a single through the left side with one out in the first.
Freshman Paige Noehring and Morgan Anderson were a combined 4-for-6 with five runs and two RBI at the top of the lineup as Noehring finished 2-for-4 with three runs and one RBI and Anderson 2-for-2 with two runs and a pair of walks.
Junior Cassie Ford extended her career-best hitting streak to nine straight games behind a 1-for-3 outing with one RBI. Through seven games this season, Ford is batting .650 (13-for-20) with a .667 on-base percentage and .900 slugging percentage.
Sophomore Kristen Prudhomme (2-4) came on in relief to get her second win of the day, throwing 3.0 innings of scoreless ball with only two hits allowed and two strikeouts.
Mines (2-5) and SMSU (0-2) conclude the four-game set at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.