GOLDEN – After a pitchers' duel sent Upper Iowa and the Colorado School of Mines softball team into extra innings with no score in Saturday's nightcap, senior leftfielder Macy Jones delivered an eighth-inning walk-off home run to give the Orediggers a split in their home-opening twinbill.
Jones' first-pitch, leadoff bomb, her first of the season, was no match for the prevailing west wind, clearing the left field fence 220 feet away with ease. She finished with two of the Orediggers' four hits, tying her for the team lead with four multi-hit games this season.
Senior Kelly Unkrich, the Desert Stinger Most Outstanding Pitcher and reigning RMAC Pitcher of the Week, dominated on the rubber once again, matching her career-high with 11 strikeouts and giving up just two hits and two walks in the 8.0 innings. She threw 91 of her 137 pitches for strikes and moved into a tie with Carrie Wittkopf (1999-02) for the most complete games at Mines with 66.
The program's career leader in shutouts and strikeouts, Unkrich increased her numbers in the respective categories to 14 and 467 with her second consecutive start of no runs allowed and fifth straight of at least seven strikeouts.
Upper Iowa starter Jenna Hermsen suffered the setback, allowing the four hits and one run in 7.0 innings, while striking out four and walking two.
The Orediggers (8-2-1) and Peacocks (1-1) close their three-game series at 11 a.m. tomorrow.