GOLDEN, Colo. - The Colorado School of Mines softball team remains in the hunt for a second straight conference title after splitting a pair of games with Colorado Mesa on Saturday afternoon. Mines won game one by a score of 6-3 and led early in game two but the Mavericks battled back to win, 4-3.
The Mavericks answered with a solo home run in the second and a sacrifice fly in the third to tie the game but would do no further damage as Kelly Unkrich allowed just two more hits over the next four innings shutting down the top hitting team in the RMAC.
Mines blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth when Kamee Vessey hit her 15th homer of the season tying the CSM single-season record. Thiebaut drove in a fourth run with an RBI single.
Unkrich fanned 10 batters picking up her 15th win of the season allowing three runs on six hits. Vessey scored twice and drove in three runs. Thiebaut was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Springer finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Once again in game two Mines jumped out to an early 2-0 lead doing so in the third inning with a sacrifice fly and a RBI ground out.
CMU answered taking the lead in the top of the fourth scoring three runs. Mines threatened in the bottom of the fifth with two runners on and no out but a double play and a strikeout ended the Orediggers threat.
Smart base running helped Mines tie the game in the sixth. Thiebaut led off the inning with a double and tagged up advancing to third on a foul ball near the right field fence. The Mavericks second baseman made the catch but a poor throw to third got away allowing Thiebaut to score.
In the seventh, a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases before Lisa Pille was hit by a pitch which scored the go-ahead run for Colorado Mesa. The Orediggers went three up and three down in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
Ashley Goletz pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts. Unkrich suffered the loss in relief. Macy Jones went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Thiebaut was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Orediggers (27-22, 24-14 RMAC) will closeout the regular season tomorrow with a pair of games against Colorado Mesa beginning at 11:00 am. Alyson Beck, Allysia Cisneros and Sarah Lustgraaf will be honored on Senior Day after the conclusion of game one.