GOLDEN – Senior Kelly Unkrich threw seven scoreless innings and the Colorado School of Mines softball team defeated Upper Iowa 2-0 Sunday afternoon in Golden to take two of three in the weekend series at the CSM Softball Field.
Despite three hits and two runs of support, Unkrich moved to 6-0 on the young season with her third straight complete game shutout. The RMAC leader in wins and strikeouts (58), Unkrich navigated seven frames of six-hit ball with six strikeouts and three walks.
She retired nine of the first 11 batters and did not surrender a base hit until one out in the fourth. The Peacocks (1-2) advanced runners to scoring positions in both the fifth and seventh innings, including the loading of the bases with two outs in the final at-bat, yet were turned away each time, failing to get the ball past the infield.
Named Desert Stinger Most Outstanding Pitcher and All-Tournament First Team last weekend as well as RMAC Pitcher of the Week, Unkrich has not allowed a run in 24.2 consecutive innings, striking out 32 over that period, and has given up just one run in her last four starts, a span of 27.0 innings.
The complete game gives her sole ownership of the Mines career record with 67, while the win was the 50th of her career, one shy of equaling Katie Kocman (2006-09) for most in school history.
The Orediggers were given the early lead thanks to a first inning error by the catcher. Senior Macy Jones led off the at-bat with a single back through the middle and following an infield pop fly out, stole second and came around to score as the catcher's throw bounded into the outfield grass.
Mines (9-2-1) tacked on an insurance tally in the fifth as junior Melissa Marshall opened with a double to the fence in left center. Freshman pinch-runner Dana Gallegos then advanced to third on groundout to short and after a six-pitch walk to sophomore Paige Coufal, scampered home on a wild pitch to the backstop.
The Orediggers continue their homestand and open conference play next weekend with a four-game set against Western New Mexico, beginning with a 12 and 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 23.