LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Colorado School of Mines softball struck first in its nightcap against California Baptist on Friday, but could not overcome two large scoring innings, falling 16-6 in five innings at the 5th Annual Desert Stinger Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
Mines opened with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on back-to-back, one-out RBI doubles by junior Cassie Ford and senior Courtney Derus; added one in the third on a two-out single to left by senior Melissa Marshall, and plated three in the fifth on home run to right off the bat of Derus.
A nine-run, nine-hit second inning and seven-run, five-hit fourth by the Lancers proved insurmountable though as the Orediggers fell for the first time in two meetings with CBU (5-1).
Mines defeated Cal Baptist 8-6 in the opening game of the Desert Stinger Tournament last season.
Ford finished 3-for-3, tying her career-high with three runs scored, while Derus was 2-for-2, matching her career-best with four RBI. Marshall ended 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Sophomore Kristen Prudhomme (0-2) suffered her second loss, surrendering 10 earned runs on nine hits and three walks with one strikeout in 1.2 innings of work.
The Orediggers continue the three-day, five-game tournament at 12:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday at Majestic Park against Western Washington and NFCA No. 14 Texas Woman's.